Mesa city leaders asking for water donations

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As the weather heats up in the Valley, water is needed to help those less fortunate. One group in Mesa is kicking off their Hydration Donation Campaign. City leaders are calling on the public to help with water donations for the homeless and the unsheltered.

With temperatures well into the triple digits, those who have no place to go and cool down need to stay hydrated. Heat is the No. 1 weather related cause of death in Arizona. Mesa Fire and Life Safety Education Specialist Jean Destories said, "Without donations of water, the outcomes of our emergency responses to cases of dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke would be much worse."

The Mesa Hydration Donation campaign started in 2007. The city of Mesa works with businesses and nonprofit agencies to  provide supplies of water those that need it the most during this time of year. The water is distributed through United Food Bank to numerous nonprofit organizations in Mesa and throughout the Valley.

Residents can donate water at various drop-off locations throughout the city:

  • Mesa Fire Department Volunteer Center, 2830 E. Adobe located behind station 206.
  • Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe
  • Rodes Aquatics Complex, 1860 S. Longmore
  • United Food Bank, 245 S. Nina Dr.
  • Paz de Cristo, 424 West Broadway
  • A New Leaf-East Valley Men's Center, 2345 N. Country Club Dr.
  • Fiesta Mall at Guest Services, 1445 W. Southern Ave.
  • Superstition Springs Center at Guest Services, 6555 E. Southern Ave.

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