‘Rise & Shine’ fundraiser for Heat Up St. Louis at Hardee’s

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) - Many St. Louis-area residents helped those in need stay warm this winter just by buying a biscuit for breakfast at Hardee’s.

More than 50 Hardee’s in the St. Louis metro area took part in the 16th annual Rise `N Shine event for Heat-Up St. Louis on Friday morning.

Hardee’s workers at the Maryland Heights location on Lackland started getting ready for the Rise `N Shine event way before sunrise. And once the restaurant opened, it didn`t take long for people to start buying the biscuits.

Sausage and egg biscuits, along with simple egg biscuits for the Lenten observers, were specially priced at just $1 each. All of the proceeds go to Heat Up St. Louis, a charity which helps those in need pay their heating bills so they can stay warm for the winter.

“It’s been a mild winter, so we’ve seen about a 25 to 30 percent decrease in donations compared to last year but the need continues to increase,” said Denise Liebel, the Executive Vice President for the Heat-Up St. Louis board.

Besides buying biscuits, customers could also donate additional money in canisters held by volunteers.

“As a community, we really need to come together and help a cause like what we’re supporting today to keep people warm. It’s so basic and so fundamental,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said.

St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said this event is critical because if people cannot pay their heating bill, they turn to alternative—and potentially unsafe—heating sources. Jenkerson points to the fire Thursday afternoon on Clara where two children, just two and four years old, were hospitalized after a fire at their apartment. Jenkerson said there were three space heaters being used in the unit.

“They were using space heaters as their primary heating source. It should not be done. We continually see deaths in buildings because of these space heaters. We want people to use their furnaces as their heating sources,” he said.

Ameren Missouri donated $25,000 and the City of St. Louis contributed an additional $155,000 from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

The one dollar biscuit buys went on until about 10:30 a.m., but the canisters will still be at Hardee’s restaurants all weekend long for you to donate. You can also go online at heatupstlouis.org