Boy Scout Chandler Kleese, 17, of Mesa collected cases of water and monetary donations as part of his Eagle Scout project for the Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign.
Yesterday, Sept. 11, he delivered 41 pallets of bottled water (86,000 bottles, 41 tons of water) collected as part of his project benefiting United Food Bank and the Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign to the Mesa Walmart at 857 N. Dobson Road. Kleese purchased 15 pallets of water from $2,000 of monetary donations and Mesa-based United Food Bank loaded the pallets on a semi-truck.
Kleese launched his project on Aug. 15 with a goal of collecting 20 pallets of water. He surpassed that. Including a grant from his local Walmart, Kleese collected more than double his original goal of 20 pallets. It is the largest water donation and Eagle Scout project United Food Bank has ever received.
The 11th Annual Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign started June 5 and goes through Sept. 15 to provide supplies of water to people in need. The city of Mesa works with nonprofit agencies and businesses to collect the bottles of water which are distributed through United Food Bank to numerous agencies in the Valley, including A New Leaf-East Valley Men’s Center, Paz de Cristo and Mesa United Way.
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.