Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign underway to save lives

June 4, 2018 at 1:03 pm

The 12th 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," Mesa Mayor John Giles said.

A news conference to launch the campaign was held this morning at United Food Bank, which distributes donated water to numerous nonprofit 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 3.2 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. $5 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 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 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. - 7 p.m. Monday - Friday
1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday
(Pool open daily through Aug. 5, weekends through Labor Day)

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.

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
6 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Paz de Cristo
424 W. Broadway
7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - 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 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday or call security at any time (480) 641-1052

Mesa Chamber of Commerce
165 N. Centennial Way, Suite 208
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Mesa Community College - Southern and Dobson
1833 W. Southern Ave.
24-hour drop-off at MCC College Police - Building SC 14

Mesa Community College - Red Mountain
7110 E. McKellips Road
24-hour drop-off at MCC College Police - Ironwood Building

Southern Pavilion Self Storage
7110 E. Southern Ave.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday

Mesa Family YMCA
207 N. Mesa Drive
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association
La Casita Recreation Center
2719 S. Reyes
8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Friday
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 - Friday

The Kenny Klaus Team
Keller Williams Integrity First Realty
2919 S. Ellsworth Road #133
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Golfland Sunsplash
155 W. Hampton Ave.
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Daily

Landings Credit Union - EVIT campus
1601 W. Main St., Building 12
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday

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, nonprofit 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"

One way to boost donations is the One Ton Water Challenge. Promoted by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, United Food Bank and the City of Mesa, it challenges businesses, residents and organizations to buy a pallet of water, which weighs more than one ton, for under $150. Individuals can split the cost so it's 75 dollars each. To donate a pallet, contact Melissa Forrester at

The campaign kickoff event included several donations including a semi full of water from Walmart that was matched by Heggs Auto Group, two pallets of water from Niagara Bottling and five pallets of water from Dobson Ranch HOA.

The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign will be collecting water until Friday, September 14. For more information, visit .

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