Heat aid program for homeless starts Wed.by Ryn Gargulinski on May. 13, 2009, under Local
Citizen Staff Writer
Three-digit temperatures have hit Tucson, making it an ideal time for the Salvation Army’s Operation Chill Out to begin.
The summer donation campaign for homeless people starts Wednesday.
“With the heat rising, more displaced and at-risk Tucsonans are going to find themselves needing important resources such as water and basic day-to-day items,” said Salvation Army spokeswoman Tamara McElwee.
To enhance this year’s efforts, the Salvation Army has teamed up with Walgreens and Naughton’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.
Walgreens locations throughout the city are hosting summer specials where customers can purchase select, tagged items found near the register that are donated to the Salvation Army.
Walgreens’ Sierra Vista store, which piloted the program, has seen about $100 worth of the tagged bottled water, soup, seasonal items and other goods donated each week.
People can also donate bottled water, hats, sunglasses, sunblock and lip balm by dropping them off at The Hospitality House, 1021 N. 11th Ave., or one of five Naughton’s locations:
• 1140 W. Prince Road
• 3940 W. Costco Drive
• 4226 S. Sixth Ave.
• 6062 E. Speedway Blvd.
• 8190 E. 22nd St.