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Desert Foothills YMCA holding bottled water drive


Tara Alatorre

CAREFREE – The Desert Foothills YMCA is holding a water bottle drive from now until July 15 with four drop-off locations throughout Carefree. The drive will benefit local non-profits that are in need of water during the extreme hot weather months.

A complimentary guest pass to the Desert Foothills YMCA will be given for every case of water donated, which they are calling “A case for a cause,” according to the chapter’s Facebook page.

The water donated will be distributed to the Foothills Foodbank, Caring Corps and the local St. Vincent de Paul, as all non-profits have expressed a desperate need for water with the uptick in traffic they have seen during the extreme heat, said Raye Gall, the operations director for the Desert Hills YMCA.

“We have such a reach in the community with over 8,000 members,” said Gall in an email interview when explaining why her YMCA chapter sponsored the water drive. “I knew we could make an impact.”

The Desert Hills YMCA has already collected over 50 cases of water, and hopes to have many more donated by July 15, she said.

Residents in the Carefree area can donate water at the following locations: Light of the Desert Lutheran Church, Carefree Town Hall, Carefree Fire Department or the Desert Foothills YMCA; the hours available for dropping off donations at the four locations vary.

Light of the Desert is only accepting donations Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Carefree Town Hall will only be accepting donations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  However, the Carefree Fire Department and the YMCA will be accepting donations until the drive ends on Saturday, July 15.

“The YMCA has a long history of identifying community needs and finding a way to fulfill those needs,” Gall said.  “This is just one way we are able to do this.”