According to The Washington Post, the state of Arizona is in the top 10 fastest warming states since the 1970’s. Every summer, too many of Arizona’s homeless and elderly go without water and necessary items to keep them hydrated and protected from the extreme temperatures. As the temperatures rise, access to clean water and protection from the sun becomes an issue of life or death.
On average Arizona sees 109 days of 100-plus degree temperatures. For many, access to air conditioning, pools and fans is a constant comfort while others are not as fortunate. Last year, officials estimate that about 100 elderly shut-ins and homeless people died of dehydration.
The Salvation Army’s Heat and Hydration Project Program, in partnership with local police and fire organizations, provides water and other helpful items to Arizona’s most vulnerable—our homeless and elderly.
Last week, 3TV and Safeway collected 92,307 bottles of water and $16,783 during a water drive for The Salvation Army. Currently, local Phoenix Ford dealerships are holding their own water drive continuing into next week.
Water donations are welcome. Every case of water you donate will be distributed through The Salvation Army on heat emergency days at one of our cooling stations.
Find the full article at The Salvation Army Western Territory’s blog, Expect Change, by clicking here.
For more information about donating to this program click here.
To learn more about The Salvation Army visit: www.salvationarmyusa.org