Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign needs your help

Nearly 53,000 bottles of water have been collected since June 1 as part of the third annual Mesa Hydration Donation campaign. This is a decline of approximately 4,000 bottles of water compared to the amount donated at this time last summer. With temperatures still sizzling in the triple digits and many people needing help, more donations are needed between now and the end of the campaign, Friday, Aug. 28.

The City of Mesa has been working with nonprofit agencies to provide supplies of water to the homeless and unsheltered to help them cope with the extreme heat. The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign is collecting water at the following locations:

• Mesa Fire Department Volunteer Center
2830 E. Adobe (located behind Fire Station 206 at Lindsay and Adobe)
24-hour drop-off in parking lot

• United Food Bank
358 E. Javelina (near U-S 60 and Mesa Drive)
7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
Collection bins will be available on weekends

• Paz de Cristo
424 W. Broadway Road
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – Sunday

• City of Grace Church
655 E. University
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday
9 a.m. – Noon Sunday

• A New Leaf – MesaCAN
635 E. Broadway
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday in front lobby

Water collected during the Mesa Hydration Donation campaign is distributed through United Food Bank to numerous agencies in the Valley, including A New Leaf – East Valley Men’s Center, Paz de Cristo, Saint Vincent de Paul, Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) and City of Grace Church. Last year, more than 62,000 bottles of water were donated during the campaign.

For more information, contact City of Mesa Human Services Program Coordinator Lisa Wilson at (480) 644-5831 or lisa.wilson@mesaaz.gov.

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