City of Mesa News Article
Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign underway to save lives
By: Kevin Christopher
06/3/14 8:03 AM

June 2, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699

Mesa, AZ – The 8th Annual Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign is underway with a goal of collecting 375,000 bottles of water to help the homeless and unsheltered during the extreme summer heat. 


“The campaign is a life saver for the less fortunate during the hot summer months.  Our residents have been generous in donating bottles of water in previous years and I know they are ready to do so again this year,” Mesa Mayor Alex Finter 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 and A New Leaf-East Valley Men’s Center.


“The Hydration Donation Campaign is a very easy way to help the vulnerable in our community.  For less than five dollars to buy a case of water, the donation will definitely save lives over the next few months,” United Food Bank Interim President and CEO Ginny Hildebrand said.


The Mesa Hydration Donation campaign is a stark reminder of the dangers of summer heat in Arizona, which first responders encounter on a daily basis.


“The risks of dehydration are great for anyone exposed to the triple digit temperatures, especially those who are homeless or don’t have a place to easily get out of the sun,” Mesa Fire and Medical Captain 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.”


Mesa park rangers also take donated bottles of water to distribute to homeless people they see in some of the City parks.


“We have encountered people near death in 115 degree heat in the parks. Fortunately, we have been able to carry water donated during the campaign to revive them before calling firefighters and paramedics for emergency help,” Mesa Park Ranger John Goodie said. 


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. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

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 (north of Broadway between Extension and Alma School)
6 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Collection bins will be available on evenings and weekend

Paz de Cristo            
424 W. Broadway
7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday – Sunday

A New Leaf – MesaCAN 
         635 E. Broadway
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 
         1445 W. Southern Ave.
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday
        Collection bin also available outside of truck court 3 (between Entrance 3 and Dick’s Sporting Goods)

Superstition Springs Center – Guest Services
6555 E. Southern Ave.
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday

Mesa Chamber of Commerce 
          40 N. Center St. #104
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Southern Pavilion Self Storage
7110 E. Southern Ave.
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday


This year, there are several generous 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 4 through July 30 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.


  • Fiesta Mall will host a drawing at the end of the campaign for all individuals who participated in donating a case of water at Guest Services.  For every case delivered, they will receive an entry to win one of two $250 gift cards to Fiesta Mall retailers/stores.  In addition, they will receive a Fiesta Mall merchandise gift at the time of drop-off. 


  • Picture Show at Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E. Southern Ave., will provide a voucher for a small bag of popcorn on your next visit for donating a case of water at the theatre.


The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign will be collecting water until Friday, September 12.  For more information, contact Mesa Community Revitalization Coordinator Rob Schweitzer at (480) 644-3024 or, or visit  





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