The city of Mesa has set a record for helping to quench the thirst of homeless and unsheltered people.
Since the beginning of June, the Mesa Hydration Donation campaign collected 320,386 bottles of water, surpassing its goal of 300,000 and collecting nearly 100,000 more bottles since last year’s campaign, according to information from the city.
The donations collected and distributed by the Mesa Fire Department, the United Food Bank of the East Valley, Paz de Cristo, A New Leaf, St. Vincent de Paul and Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) ended on Sept. 14.
Vanguard provided 24,624 bottles of donated water. The Citrus Heights LDS Stake collected 20,588 bottles during a one-day water drive in June. Golfland SunSplash collected 3,389 bottles during two Water Wednesday events where a water donation got you a significant discount on admission to the park.
Meanwhile, Mesa park rangers have given out approximately 3,460 bottles of water to the needy in city parks during the campaign. They have several cases left and will continue to hand out the water through the end of September.