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Heat Relief in Phoenix: We Need Water

May 13, 2009

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As temperatures start hitting triple digits in Phoenix, our top priority is providing a cool drink and a place to escape the 100 degree temperatures to those living on the street. As part of the City of Phoenix Heat Relief Network, Phoenix Rescue Mission acts as a hydration station, heat refuge and water donation point. The focus of this network is to prevent as many dehydration and heat-related exposure deaths as possible for those who have no shelter or access to water. The elderly are particularly vulnerable, so this year we have added wellness checks for senior citizens who are homebound.

We estimate we’ll need 4,000 bottles a week to meet the demand of our long, hot summer. This is where our donor family has been invaluable. Last year donors provided over 550,000 bottles of water for our homeless population and this year we’re teaming up with O Premium Waters, Starbucks Arcadia Region and local churches and businesses to help provide the water we’ll need.

If you’d like to help you can donate online or drop off cases of bottled water at our Family Outreach Center if you’re in the Phoenix area. You can also donate items for the Heat Relief Packs that accompany our bottled water including new socks, new or gently used t-shirts, lip balm, sun block, hats and hand sanitizer at the Center (open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm). If you have any questions about dropping off donations or organizing a water drive of your own, please contact Gail at gengstrom@phoenixrescuemission.org.

Word of mouth helps too! Let everyone on Twitter know we need their support. Use our tag #give10water so we can say thanks.  See our Give 10 For Hydration Drive on Change.org for more information.

Thanks!

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