Organizations offer help to those in need of heat relief

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PHOENIX - With an excessive heat warning for Wednesday and Thursday, Phoenix-area organizations are making sure people don't suffer heat-related illnesses or other conditions.

The Salvation Army is deploying their hydration stations throughout the Phoenix metro area.

It is important to stay hydrated when dealing with extremely hot temperatures.

The 13 hydration stations throughout the Valley are providing chilled bottled water, lip balm and hats along with safety information for dealing with the heat.

Hydration Stations are located at:

SW corner 16th St. and Jefferson (East Lake Park)
NE corner Third Ave. and Filmore
SW corner Fifth St. and Hatcher
35th Ave. and Roosevelt (Falcon Park)

Also at The Salvation Army Corps Locations:

Phoenix Central Corps: 3308 N. 28th St., Phoenix, 85016
Phoenix Maryvale Corps: 4343 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 85016
Phoenix South Mtn. Corps: 1351 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix 85040
Glendale Corps: 6010 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, 85301
Chandler Corps: 85 E. Saragosa St., Chandler, 85225
Mesa Corps: 241 E. Sixth St., Mesa, 85201
Estrella Mtn. Corps: 11 N. Third Ave., Avondale, 85323
Sun City Corps: 10730 W. Union Hills Drive, Sun City, 85372
Tempe Corps: 40 E. University Drive, Tempe, 85281

The stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In 2010, The Salvation Army deployed 25 days and distributed about 220,000 bottles of water.

3TV/azfamily.com just completed their annual Bottled Water Drive with the Salvation Army and raised a total of 292,517 bottles of water and $19,829.

The Salvation Army is still collecting water and donations can be delivered to 2707 E. Van Buren or visit www.salvationarmycares.org.

Also Central Arizona Shelter Services will make additional beds available to homeless individuals.

CASS said they have provided heat relief shelter for more than five years and play an integral role in decreaing heat-related deaths among the homeless in the Phoenix area.