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 will begin Monday, June 1. Residents will be asked to donate water at various drop-off locations throughout the city, including:
•Mesa Fire Department Volunteer Center, 2830 E. Adobe Road (behind Fire Station No. 206 at Lindsay and Adobe): 24-hour drop-off at Volunteer Center door
•Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe Road: 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
•Rhodes Aquatic Complex, 1860 S. Longmore Road: 1-6 p.m. Monday and Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. (Pool open daily through July 26, weekends through Labor Day.)
•Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St.: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday
•United Food Bank, 245 S. Nina Drive: 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
•Paz de Cristo, 424 W. Broadway Road: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 3-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
•A New Leaf-MesaCAN, 635 E. Broadway Road: 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 and collection bin outside Entrance No. 3, 1445 W. Southern Ave.: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
•Superstition Springs Center-Guest Services, 6555 E. Southern Ave.: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
•Mesa Chamber of Commerce, 40 N. Center St. No. 104: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-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.: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday
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.
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 3 through July 29 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.
USA-Skateland Mesa, 7 E. Southern Ave., is offering Thirsty Thursdays during June and July. Customers donating a case of water between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on any Thursday from June 4 through July 30 will receive one free admission.
•Customers donating at Fiesta Mall will receive a Fiesta Mall merchandise gift at the time of drop-off.
The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign will be collecting water until Friday, Sept. 18. For more information, visit www.mesaaz.gov/H2Omesa.
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