Operation Chill Out in hot Tucson; Walk for Tucson's homeless veterans

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- It was a hot day in Tucson, one of many to come.

For most residents, it's an easy escape into air conditioning. For others, it's not.

That's why the Salvation Army has put "Operation Chill Out" into effect. The social service agency is collecting donations of bottled water, hats, sunglasses, and sunblock to help the homeless this summer.

"Right now our shelter is very full.  We've been full for the last month or so, which is kind of unusual this time of year," said Celeste Reynolds from the Salvation Army.

Donation drop boxes have been set up at every Naughton's Plumbing, heating and cooling in town.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Thursday morning at the veterans hospital in Tucson, employees and volunteers were walking to help homeless veterans.

The group was also encouraged to bring donations to help the veterans and once the walk was over there was a health fair.

"We have a 5 year to end homelessness, and this is one of our events we're doing to make sure we have all the employees on board, plus the community know that we really are serious about ending homelessness," said Amanda Kroy from the VA Hospital.

This is the first time that the VA has done a walk to help homeless veterans and they plan to do it again next year.