Boy Scout collects tons of water for Eagle project

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Walmart awarded the Boy Scout a $2,000 grant to help his mission. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Walmart awarded the Boy Scout a $2,000 grant to help his mission. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Chandler Kleese collected 34 tons of water for his Eagle Project (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Chandler Kleese collected 34 tons of water for his Eagle Project (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
He collected enough water and monetary donations for 34 pallets, 14 more than his original goal. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) He collected enough water and monetary donations for 34 pallets, 14 more than his original goal. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Boy Scout Chandler Kleese set out on Aug. 15 with a goal of collecting 20 pallets of water.

On Monday, the 17-year-old surpassed that goal, collecting enough water and monetary donations for 34 pallets. Walmart awarded the Boy Scout a $2,000 grant to help his mission. The grant bought 14 pallets of water.

Kleese collected the cases of water and monetary donations for his Eagle Project to help aid the Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign.

The 11th Annual Mesa Hydration Campaign runs from June 5 through Sept. 15 and provides supplies of water to people in need. The City of Mesa works with nonprofit agencies and businesses to collect bottles of water to distribute through United Food Bank to agencies in the Valley including A New Leaf-East Valley Men’s Center, Pazde Cristo and Mesa United Way.

“Knowing I completed my goal and exceed it by 14 more is definitely an awesome feeling for me,” said Kleese.

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The 34 pallets are equal to 34 tons of water and more than 35,000 bottles of water.

As a final word of advice Kleese said, “Being able to help out is well worth your time.” 

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