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Water drive for homeless needed much earlier due to pandemic

Water drive for homeless
Posted at 2:37 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 19:22:40-05

PHOENIX — At the Downtown Phoenix Human Services campus, nearly 1,000 homeless people take showers, receive a meal and get a drink of water at the location, but the water bottle supply is running low.

“In January, we realized we [were] gonna run out of water donations from the kick-off from last summer,” says Amy Schwanbenlender, Executive Director at the Human Services Campus.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the water stations placed throughout their campus have been shut down to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

That is why on Saturday morning, a group of volunteers sent a message out to the community that they needed water.

Tom and Maria Fidazzo got the message from ABC15 as we reported the water drive on ABC15 Mornings.

“My wife saw you on TV this morning and said we are going,” says Tom Fidazzo from the northwest Valley.“We do what we can. We have stuff at home, had some soap and washcloths. Hopefully, someone can get those who can really use it,” added Maria.

Water drives were held before the beginning of the hottest days of the summer in April and May.

“COVID is showing us all kinds of new things,” adds Schawnbenlender.

With over 1,000 making a daily stop at their homeless shelter, the water bottle supply is drying up fast.

“It’s terrible, it’s terrible. We need to do more the people of the town need to do more,” adds Tom.

Some brought not only water but toiletries and other items that are needed by the homeless population.

"We are open to donations of those small side toiletry items towels, washcloths, anything you would use on a one-time basis," adds Schwanbenlender.

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