5 Life Care Centers in Arizona Help Restock Local Salvation Army Water Supply


The inside of the U-Haul trailer as it was being unloadedFrom June 16 – 21, five Life Care Centers of America facilities in the East Phoenix area joined efforts to restock the local Salvation Army’s supply of bottled water.

Each year, the Salvation Army and Channel 3 News in Phoenix hold a Bottled Water Drive to stock hydration stations throughout the valley, focusing especially on helping the homeless, home-bound individuals and emergency responders.

“The Salvation Army told us that they had depleted their supply in early April, when Arizona had a fire up north and the organization delivered 25,000 bottles of water to first responders,” explained Misti Valentino, senior executive director at Mi Casa Nursing Center in Mesa.

Mi Casa and Citadel Care Center, also in Mesa, kicked off a friendly competition among Life Care facilities to support the effort. Life Care Center of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Heritage Center and Desert Cove Nursing Center in Chandler all joined the efforts.

Associates and families contributed 8-oz. or 20-oz. water bottles to the facilities and loaded up the facility buses. Together, they donated 33,180 water bottles.
“The staff immediately supported the idea,” said Mark Muir, executive director at Citadel Care Center. “Our associates decided not only would they donate cases of water, but they wanted to do a food sale to raise money to buy additional cases of water. We had a food drive the following Wednesday and raised approximately $150, which was then used to buy more water. The momentum and fun grew by the day. It was extremely rewarding for our associates to see our facility bus filled with water on Friday as we prepared to deliver it Saturday morning.”

Three of the Life Care buses – Mi Casa’s, Citadel’s and Life Care Center of Scottsdale’s – were so full of water that associates had to rent a U-Haul truck, which they also filled. They dropped the water off at the Westgate shopping center in Glendale, Arizona, on June 21.
Citadel and Mi Casa together came in first place in the competition among the facilities.
“It was truly a blessing and humbling to see and to be able to serve others in need,” Muir said.

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