TUCSON, Ariz. — The Salvation Army is starting its annual Operation Chill Out, which provides relief for homeless people during hot days.
The program, which goes through Aug. 31, operates from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the official temperature rises to 102 degrees or higher.
On those days bottled water, sunscreen, hats, umbrellas, socks, flip flops, light shorts and shirts, and other personal hygiene items will be offered at Santa Rita Park at 22nd Street and Fourth Ave, the Salvation Army Hospitality House, the Salvation Army All Nations Corps Community Center, the Salvation Army Amphi Corps Community Center, and the Salvation Army Tucson South Corps Community Center.
“We are grateful to our Tucson community their time and generosity. This program is so valuable because it keeps our homeless citizens supplied with the necessary water and relief supplies. Any water or supply donation and volunteer time will help us immensely so we can continue our mission serving the Tucson community during this time of need,” Salvation Army Tucson City Coordination officer, Captain Ellen Oh said in a statement.
The Salvation Army will be following CDC COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone.
They are accepting donations of unopened bottled water, sunscreen, lip balm, hats, umbrellas, sunglasses and light-colored clothing, as well as time from volunteers.
Donations can be dropped off at:
· The Salvation Army Hospitality House, 1002 N Main Ave. 520-795-9671 (bilingual), Open 7 AM to 7 PM, 7 days per week.
· The Salvation Army All Nations Corps Community Center, 1001 N Richey, 520-795-4504 (bilingual), Open 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.,
· The Salvation Army Amphi Corps Community Center, 218 E Prince Road, 520-888-1299, Open 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
· The Salvation Army Tucson South Corps Community Center, 1625 S. Third Ave, 520-620-1076, Open 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
To donate cash, call 622-5411.