The box in the lobby of La Estancia will collect bottled water donations through August. The box will be emptied weekly or monthly and water will be distributed to Salvation Army Senior Centers. This is the first year Watermark at Home has done a water drive.

Everyone needs water during the summer and local groups are helping to make sure they get it by taking part in Watermark at Home's first water drive.

Watermark at Home is a Medicare certified homecare agency that provides nursing and therapy to patients at home. As part of a goal to do community service each quarter they decided to dedicate this quarter to a water drive benefitting Salvation Army Senior Centers.

Ahwatukee Foothills nursing and rehabilitation center, La Estancia, has partnered with Watermark at Home to be a drop-off location for donations.

"I think Ahwatukee is a great community," said Herb Cook, executive director for La Estancia. "As leaders of a community we want to partner and help with any public outreach plan that we can do together. What better partner than Watermark and Salvation Army?"

La Estancia will have a large box placed in their front reception area to collect water donations. The donations will be picked up by Watermark and taken to the Salvation Army's two Valley senior centers located in Phoenix and Mesa. Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase more water.

"A lot of what we see is seniors needing hospitalization and emergency room visits due to dehydration," said Patty Kuzia, executive director of Watermark at Home. "Whatever we can do as providers to seniors, that's what we're all about. We have partners all over the community working with us to get water to seniors."

Sound Packaging, LLC., of Chandler donated all the boxes for collection.

The water drive began Monday and will continue through Aug. 12.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com


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