Larry H. Miller Dealerships Team Up With West Valley Firefighters to Collect Water for Homeless
Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Peoria and Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Avondale in partnership with four West Valley fire departments are hosting a community water drive to collect water bottles for the homeless now through August 31. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, nearly 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms every year due to heat-related illnesses, and the homeless, children and the elderly are the most at-risk.
“Every summer, we respond to hundreds of heat-related calls, often involving the homeless members of our community who have limited access to water,” said Cecil Tudor, executive director, Glendale Firefighter Charities. “Our goal is to alleviate many of these occurrences by encouraging the public to donate water bottles during the hot summer months. In conjunction with Peoria, Avondale and Surprise fire departments, we’ll carry these bottles on our fire trucks and have them available to hand out to those in need throughout the summer.”
Local businesses and members of the public are encouraged to drop off cases of bottled water at the following West Valley locations:
- Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Peoria 8665 W. Bell Rd., Peoria, AZ 85382
- Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Avondale 10055 W. Papago Freeway, Avondale, AZ 85323
- Glendale Fire Department Nine fire station locations
- Peoria Fire-Medical Department Eight fire station locations
- Avondale Fire-Medical Department Four fire station locations
- Surprise Fire-Medical Department Eight fire station locations
Collecting and donating water bottles in the hot summer months has become an annual tradition for Johnny Martinez, general manager of Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Peoria. With the help of his employees and those at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Avondale, he hopes to beat last year’s record and collect 25,000 bottles over the next three months.
“We’re always looking for ways to give back and enrich lives in our community, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner again with our local fire departments in this effort,” said Martinez. “Our employees, their families and our customers are passionate about the wellness of those less fortunate in our neighborhood and beyond.”