Water donation campaigns kick off as Phoenix faces excessive heat warning

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

VALLEYWIDE -- No one can deny it's really hot out.

"I can't believe it. It was like 107," said Marquel Reddish who hiked Piestewa Peak Sunday.

On Monday, Phoenix will reach its hottest so far this year. The highest temperatures are forecast to be110-112 degrees for the Phoenix area. That's record territory.

"How do you guys live here? " asked out-of-towner Grace Rile while out for a hike.

The most important think is to keep hydrated.

"I get really dehydrated easily, so I have to drink a lot of water,” Rile said.

And be prepared if you'll be spending time outdoors. Carry more water than you think you'll need.

"We probably should have brought more. Just a bottle each was probably not enough,” Nicole Phillipi said.

With temperatures about to hit triple digits on a regular basis, the city of Mesa is working with nonprofit agencies and businesses to provide supplies of water to the homeless and unsheltered.

The eighth annual Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign kicked off Monday.

Residents will be asked to donate water at various drop-off locations throughout the city.

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

Red Mountain Multigenerational Center
7550 E. Adobe
5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday

Rhodes Aquatics Complex
1860 S. Longmore
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday

Mesa Main Library
64 E. First St.
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday

United Food Bank
245 S. Nina Drive (north of Broadway between Extension and Alma School)
6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Collection bins will be available on evenings and weekends

Paz de Cristo
424 W. Broadway
7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday - Sunday

A New Leaf - MesaCAN
635 E. Broadway
6 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday in front lobby

A New Leaf - East Valley Men's Center
2345 N. Country Club Drive
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily

Fiesta Mall - Guest Services
1445 W. Southern Ave.
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Saturday
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday

Superstition Springs Center - Guest Services
6555 E. Southern Ave.
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Saturday
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday

Mesa Chamber of Commerce
40 N. Center St. #104
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

The bottles of water that are collected are 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 and Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS).

This year, there will be several special projects and promotions to collect water for the campaign. Donating at the Rhodes Aquatics Complex Monday through Friday will provide a two-for-one admission to the pool. This does not include the FlowRider. Golfland SunSplash, 155 W. Hampton Ave., is offering Water Wednesday during June and July. Customers donating a case of water at the park on any Wednesday from June 4 through July 30 will receive one free admission with the purchase of a General Admission ticket for use the same day. It is not valid with any other coupons or discounts.

The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign will be collecting water until Friday, Sept. 12.

Hydrate Arizona

In addition, 3TV and azfamily.com have partnered with Safeway stores across the state to benefit The Salvation Army’s Heat and Hydration project and civil service programs.

You can donate water at any Arizona Safeway store through June 20.

The Salvation Army's provides water not only for the homeless and homebound elderly but for anyone who is in need of water and a cool place to escape the heat, at all of their corps on heat advisory days. Additionally, they provide water for the fire and police crews that are working on the front lines during times of emergency. Finally, they provide the opportunity for thousands of kids across the state to have their first experience at camp every summer, serving underprivileged youth that would otherwise not have the opportunity to go.