A local nonprofit organization needs the public’s help to prepare the homeless for rising heat in Ottumwa

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 10:33 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Whatsoever You Do Incorporation is a nonprofit organization based in Ottumwa that focuses on helping those who are less fortunate.

July 28th will be the start of the “Point In Time” count which will consist of counting all the unsheltered individuals in the area.

Members of the organization will be gifting those in need with food, drinks, care packages, and more.

Mary Margaret Butler, who is the CEO of the organization says they’ll be camping out at the Jimmy Jones Shelter in Ottumwa for a full 24 hours starting at noon.

“We’ll be there through the night because a lot of homeless people come out at night.”

Butler says this is the third Point In Time event that they’ve held and they typically focus on times of extreme temperatures.

This event comes around as Ottumwa will be reaching the hottest days of the summer this year.

According to KYOU’s First Alert Weather app, there will be a heat index of 107 degrees reached on Wednesday, July 28.

Butler says due to the construction the building is still under they currently have no place for individuals to go and stay cool.

She asks if any local businesses could step up to help.

“Right now we do not have any cooling shelters in Ottumwa. If there is any business that can open to let people stay cool during the day, that would be great.”

If you know of anyone in need of these resources or who can’t make it to the location in time, Butler asks you to give her a call at (641)226-7684.

She says all names will remain anonymous.

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