The 11th Annual Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign is underway with a goal of collecting 500,000 bottles of water to help people in need during the extreme summer heat.
“The campaign is a life saver for the less fortunate during the hot summer months. Our residents have been extremely generous in donating bottles of water in previous years and I know they are ready to do so again this year,” Mayor John Giles said.
A June 5 news conference launched the campaign at United Food Bank, which distributes donated water to numerous non-profit organizations in Mesa and throughout the Valley including Paz De Cristo, Mesa United Way and A New Leaf-East Valley Men’s Center.
“It’s no secret that as the temperature rises in Arizona, the need for water for the less fortunate rises along with it,” Mesa Councilmember and United Food Bank board member Kevin Thompson said. “This campaign has become a literal life saver for those individuals, and I know that as they have always done, our families, friends and the business community will step up and once again show their generosity through the donation of water bottles.”
Since the campaign began in 2007, more than 2.7 million bottles of water have been donated.
“Water is a basic necessity for human life. The Hydration Donation Campaign is an easy way to help our vulnerable neighbors during the heat of summer. Five dollars buys a case of water. I hope the community will step up and help by making a monetary or water donation to this campaign,” United Food Bank Interim President and CEO Dave Richins said.
The Mesa Hydration Donation campaign is a stark reminder of the dangers of summer heat in Arizona, which first responders encounter daily.
“The risks of dehydration are great for anyone exposed to the triple digit temperatures, especially those who are unsheltered or don’t have a place to easily get out of the sun,” Mesa Fire and Medical Deputy Chief and Public Information Officer Forrest Smith said. “Without donations of water, the outcomes of our emergency responses to cases of dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke would be much worse.”
Residents can donate water at these locations throughout Mesa:
- 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 through Friday and 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday.
- Rhodes Aquatics Complex, 1860 S. Longmore, 1–7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1–6 p.m. Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sunday (pool open daily through Aug. 5, weekends through Labor Day).
- Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St., 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
- United Food Bank, 245 S. Nina Drive, 6 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Paz de Cristo, 424 W. Broadway, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- A New Leaf – East Valley Men’s Center, 2345 N. Country Club Drive, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.
- Superstition Springs Center – Management office (upper level near food court), 6555 E. Southern Ave., 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1:30–5 p.m. Monday through Friday or call security at any time 480-641-1052.
- Mesa Chamber of Commerce, 40 N. Center St., Suite 104, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Mesa Community College – Southern and Dobson, 1833 W. Southern Ave., 24-hour drop-off at Public Safety – Building SC 14.
- Mesa Community College – Red Mountain, 7110 E. McKellips Road, 24-hour drop-off at Public Safety – Ironwood Building.
- Southern Pavilion Self Storage, 7110 E. Southern Ave., 9–5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- Mesa Family YMCA, 207 N. Mesa Drive, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association, La Casita Recreation Center, 2719 S. Reyes, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday.
- Keller Williams Integrity First Realty, 2500 S. Power Road, Suite 121, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Kenny Klaus Team, Keller Williams Integrity First Realty, 2919 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite 133, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Golfland Sunsplash, 155 W. Hampton Ave., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. daily.
- USA-Skateland Mesa, 7 E. Southern Ave., 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Wednesday through Monday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday.
This year, there are 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. Donating a case of water at the park on any Wednesday through July 26 is valid for $10 off an all-day full price general waterpark admission on that day.
- USA-Skateland Mesa, 7 E. Southern Ave., is offering Thirsty Thursdays during June and July. Customers donating a case of water between 6 and 8:30 p.m. on any Thursday through July 27 will receive one free admission.
The Mesa Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses and community groups to organize campaigns to collect water for the campaign.
“The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign is a great way for businesses, non-profit groups and other associations to network and organize efforts to collect cases of water,” Mesa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sally Harrison said. “For the past few years, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce has organized friendly competitions to get water donations and help a great life-saving cause and we are happy to lead the efforts again this summer.”
The campaign kick-off event included a donation of 19 pallets, or 38,304 bottles of water from Wal-Mart, which will be matched by Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; a donation of two pallets, or 3,840 bottles of water from Jackson White law firm of Mesa and a donation of 114 cases or 2,736 bottles of water from Landings Credit Union in Mesa.
The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign will be collecting water until Friday, Sept. 15. For more information, visit www.mesaaz.gov/H2Omesa.