Rescue mission launching "Code Red Campaign" to help homeless during summer

PHOENIX - As temperatures rise so does the danger for the Valley’s homeless.
 
That is why the Phoenix Rescue Mission is launching its "Code Red Campaign." The campaign is a summer heat relief campaign and they are in need of donations.
 
Volunteers are packing up survival kits to deliver to people living on the streets. The kits contain various personal hygiene items along with a bottle of water. The outreach happens all year long but efforts are increased during the summer months when homeless people may have little escape from the elements.
 
"Sometimes we contact them and that is it," said Nicole Pena with the Phoenix Rescue Mission. "Sometimes after a few contacts we're able to get them to come in and take part in programs that can help them."
 
Arizona ranks 4th worst in the nation when it comes to homelessness.  A recent street count by the Maricopa Association of Governments revealed 13,248 men, women and children are homeless in Maricopa County.
 
The Phoenix Rescue Mission needs donations to be able to provide water and emergency kits. They also need donations to help with their remodeling efforts to their shower facilities so they will be able to help more people.
 
The Code Red Campaign runs until August 31st.

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