2012 marks the 8th Annual Operation Hydration: 98KUPD’s summer-long partnership with the PHOENIX RESCUE MISSION and its efforts to collect bottled water for valley-wide heat relief agencies. Each Thursday throughout the summer CREEPY E from HOLMBERG'S MORNING SICKNESS heads out to locations throughout the valley collecting bottled water from listeners/local businesses in support of the campaign. The goal each summer is to collect 200,000 bottles. The drive runs annually from approx mid-May through the end of September or as long as extreme heat remains in the valley.
OPERATION HYDRATION donation recipients include, local valley food shelters, MAG (Maricopa Association Of Goverments) Water Station, Valley Police & Fire Departments, Hospitals, Homeless shelters and more.
So far in 2012 EAST VALLEY LOWE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTERS joined together to donate 4+ pallets of water in July ALONE (equal to nearly 10,000 bottles in ONE donation). We also thank WHITE WATER CO. for their commitment of 2500 bottles each for the entire duration of the drive. White Water is a local family owned business committed to supporting the community they serve. Their website is www.whitewaternow.com
In addition in 2012 we welcome the participation of MO MONEY PAWN (12th St. & Indian School in Phoenix), MARK MITSUBISHI (Glendale), and MARK KIA (Scottsdale) who have generously agreed to be dropoff locations for the drive. Listeners, businesses, and anyone else interested in donating water can simply bring it to either of these three partners who will accept it and then deliver it to the RESCUE MISSION.
In past drives OPERATION HYDRATION received over 138,000 bottles in just August of 2007 ALONE! These donations are then delivered as needed throughout the summer to agencies that are most in need. Valley citizens can do their part before the end of the summer by either stopping by KUPD collection partners to drop and size donation off or by calling the PHOENIX RESCUE MISSION directly at (602) 233-3000 or via their website at http://phoenixrescuemission.org/contact-us/
For more information or for questions about the drive and how to get involved feel free to contact HOLMBERG'S MORNING SICKNESS PRODUCER, DICK TOLEDO by filling out the form below.