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Dangerous heat prompts Phoenix Rescue Mission to hold water drive

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 14:10:55-04

PHOENIX — The Arizona heat can be dangerous, so the Phoenix Rescue Mission is launching a Code Red Campaign to help at-risk individuals get the resources they need.

The non-profit is holding a water drive from now until the end of August. They're also collecting hygiene products and food that will be passed out to community members living in shelters or on the streets.

"They're critical," Chief Program Officer of the Phoenix Rescue Mission Nathan Smith said. "When you have extreme heat exposure, getting cold water, among other things, is very protective and also is something that helps people get through those tough moments."

Miss Arizona Yesenia Vidales has also partnered with the organization to collect food donations throughout the month of June. She recalls coming to the Hope for Hunger food bank when she was younger.

"When I was a little girl there are times where I remember coming with my dad just to help out at the house, sometimes we didn't have enough, so we would come for help," Vidales said.

For information about both initiatives, click here.