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More than 70,000 bottles of water collected for local at-risk populations during sweltering summer months

This summer, Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Peoria and Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Avondale partnered with four West Valley fire departments to host a community water drive for the homeless. The philanthropic group had hopes of gathering 25,000 bottles from June 1 through August 31; however, thanks to kind-hearted members of the public and several generous businesses, they tripled their initial goal and collected 74,996 bottles of water.

“I’m blown away by how supportive and generous our employees, customers and the community have been in helping us to triple our initial goal,” said Eric Ortega, general manager, Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Avondale. “It is truly rewarding to be able to help the homeless community with something as simple, yet vital, as bottled water during the scorching summer months.”

Radio partners 102.5 KNIX-FM and 104.7 KISS-FM hosted remotes at locations across the valley where they encouraged donations. In addition, several local businesses stepped up to show their support by donating thousands of bottles of water, including:

  • Firehouse Subs (5803 W. Northern Ave. in Glendale) – 8,640 bottles
  • iHeartMedia – 2,300 bottles
  • Adesa Auto Auctions – 7,000 bottles
  • Target (10404 N. 43rd Ave. in Glendale) – 6,912 bottles
  • Homeowners Financial Group – 1,760 bottles
  • Route One – 1,760 bottles

“We’re truly amazed and grateful for the amount of support we’ve received during this year’s water drive,” said Cecil Tudor, executive director, Glendale Firefighter Charities. “This was one of the hottest summers on record. Without the generosity of our neighbors and local businesses, we would not have been able to provide drinking water to as many at-risk individuals.”

Collection sites included Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Peoria, Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Avondale and 29 fire stations throughout Glendale, Peoria, Avondale and Surprise. Water will continue to be distributed across the Valley via fire trucks. The group plans to host the drive again in summer 2018.
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