Wal-Mart donates 90,720 bottles of water to ‘Water for Living’ project

City elected officials and representatives from Wal-Mart, area nonprofit organizations and the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce gathered June 10  to commemorate and then disseminate 45 pallets of bottled water donated by Wal-Mart stores across the Valley. (Photo by Mark Gomez)

City elected officials and representatives from Wal-Mart, area nonprofit organizations and the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce gathered June 10 to commemorate and then disseminate 45 pallets of bottled water donated by Wal-Mart stores across the Valley. (Photo by Mark Gomez)

 

Apache Junction Wal-Mart and 22 of its member stores from across the Valley have stepped up to ensure the city of Apache Junction’s Water for Living Project can help as many people as possible, according to a press release.

Initiated by the city, the project’s goal is to collect water for those who need it this summer. Apache Junction Wal-Mart No. 1381, 2555 W. Apache Trail, agreed to help with the project for its second year with the hopes of increasing the Wal-Mart donation from last year.

Apache Junction Manager Harold McGrier contacted 22 Wal-Mart stores to request donations. Each store donated two pallets of water, for a total of 45 pallets and 90,720 bottles of water, according to the release.

Representatives from several of the participating Wal-Mart stores and members of the recipient nonprofit organizations gathered June 10 at the Apache Junction Public Works building, 575 E. Baseline Ave., where the water was dropped off and then distributed to the Apache Junction Food Bank, Salvation Army and Genesis Project.

Helping to distribute the water were members of the city’s public works department,  municipal court compliance staff Rick Sinsabaugh and Jim Christy and members of the Superstition Fire and Medical District.

Water donations can be made at the following Apache Junction businesses and services: the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, 567 W. Apache Trail; Apache Junction Food Bank, 575 N. Idaho Road No. 701; Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road; Apache Junction Wal-Mart, 2555 W. Apache Trail; Genesis Project, 564 N. Idaho Road; Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road; and Salvation Army, 605 E. Broadway Ave.

Monetary donations can be made through the Friends of Apache Junction. Checks should have “Donation-Water for Living” written on the memo line. They can be sent or delivered to Friends of Apache Junction, ATTN: Roger Hacker, 300 E. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction, AZ 85119, according to the release.

For more information, call Risa Robinson, an educator at the library, at 480-474-8561 or e-mail rrobinson@ajcity.net.

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