Summer survival items needed for Operation 'Chill-Out' - Tucson News Now

Summer survival items needed for Operation 'Chill-Out'

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Salvation Army is asking for donations in preparation for Operation "Chill-Out," which kicks off June 1.

Operation "Chill-Out" is a way for our community to help needy Tucsonans, especially the people who live on the street, during the hot summer months.

Donations can be dropped off at any Naughton's location or at The Salvation Army Hospitality House at 1021 N. 11th Ave., where homeless people and others in need can get things that can help them cope in the heat.

As far as water goes, The Salvation Army cupboard is practically bare.

Every year many homeless people end up in the hospital because of the heat and dehydration.

Operation "Chill-Out" is a way for Tucsonans to donate water and other essential items to help The Salvation Army help others.

The Salvation Army distributes the essentials and educates people in the streets about the dangers of Tucson's summers.

People new to Tucson can especially be in danger.

"The last couple of months when the heat has come up … sun stroke, that put me in the hospital the second time," Little Hawk said. "I didn't have the water, the sunscreen and stuff because I didn't know anything about it.

Michael McGraw said, "Out in the direct sunlight you can get burned. They need a lot of sunscreen, hats and water bottles."

Salvation Army Hospitality House program manager Yolie Hasler said, "We get a lot of heat-related illnesses through here - strokes. It's a lot of people that are new to the city and don't understand how they need to protect themselves from our summer season here. So it's very, very important for us to educate them and keep them hydrated as much as possible and offer protection for them."

The Salvation Army can offer that help through the generosity of Tucsonans.

Operation "Chill-Out" starts June 1 and runs through August, but The Salvation Army can use help year-round.

Items needed:

  • Unopened bottled water
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Lip balm

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

 

  • Local newsMore>>

  • TUCSON'S TOP 3: What you need to know to start your day

    TUCSON'S TOP 3: What you need to know to start your day

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-06-27 17:14:34 GMT

    Good morning!  We're getting your day started with top stories you may have missed, plus other headlines you need to be following today. For all your local news, watch KOLD News 13 This Morning at 6 a.m.

    Good morning!  We're getting your day started with top stories you may have missed, plus other headlines you need to be following today. For all your local news, watch KOLD News 13 This Morning at 6 a.m.

  • PCSD searching for Circle K robbery suspects

    PCSD searching for Circle K robbery suspects

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-06-27 16:58:40 GMT
    (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)(Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

    The Foothills District of the Pima County Sheriff's Department is looking for three men who robbed the Circle K at 4990 North Oracle Road on June 16.

    The Foothills District of the Pima County Sheriff's Department is looking for three men who robbed the Circle K at 4990 North Oracle Road on June 16.

  • New wildfire burning near Arivaca

    New wildfire burning near Arivaca

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-06-27 16:04:19 GMT
    (Source:  Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management)(Source: Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management)

    The Maynard Fire, which began in the early morning hours of Monday, June 26 has burned 100 acres so far, according to the Arizona State Forestry Division. 

    The Maynard Fire, which began in the early morning hours of Monday, June 26 has burned 100 acres so far, according to the Arizona State Forestry Division. 

Powered by Frankly