STL Shows Support for Injured Community Member

South City, St. Louis, MO- Members of the South St. Louis community recently showed their support for one of their own, Peter Stein, of the Tower Grove neighborhood, after news traveled to the St. Louis community that Stein, 21, was involved in a train accident near Portland, OR. The accident severed his feet.

An avid cyclist and artist in the St. Louis area, Stein is a familiar face in many neighborhoods in this city. He is a unique personality that many people appreciated as a friend. Already, several local businesses have set up collection buckets for the Stein family.

“Pete is simply a good kid,” says Mo Costello, owner of Mokabe’s Coffee House, which has been collecting cash for Stein’s family since they received news of the accident. Stein also worked at South City coffee shop as a cook whenever he was in town. “He’s one of our own, and we take care of our own.”

On Sunday, September 25, Mokabe’s will donate a great deal of their proceeds of their popular Sunday Brunch (9am-1pm) as their official Pete Stein Fundraiser. Other businesses are doing similar things. Tuesday, September 20, the South City Diner will donate 50% of its sales to Peter’s family in support between the hours of 5pm-10pm. On Friday, September 23, the Royale will also have a fundraising event.

“It’s terrible for someone so young and so active lose his feet like that,” says Kelly Costello, a barista at Mokabe’s and Mo’s daughter. “I hope he knows is friends and family in St. Louis are thinking about him.”

With a portion of the money raised, Stein’s mother was able to fly out to Portland, OR earlier this week to help care for her injured son. Stein’s friends have made good use of social media to keep those interested with updates on his condition, and with the blog The following businesses have collection buckets for the Stein family:

Mokabe’s Coffee House [3606 Arsenal]
Mangia Italiano [3145 S. Grand]
City Diner [3139 S. Grand]
Black Bear Bakery [2639 Cherokee]
Riley’s Pub [3458 Arsenal]
CBGB’s [3163 S. Grand]
The Royale [3132 S. Kingshighway]
The Bleeding Deacon [4123 Chippewa]
Novak’s Bar [4121 Manchester]

Checks can be made payable to “The Pete Fund”.
Stein is currently en route to his South St. Louis family and community. Hundreds within this his communities look forward to his speedy recovery and rehabilitation.

Rachel Witt
Executive Director
South Grand Community Improvement District