Gilbert collecting items to battle summer heat

Gilbert Water Tower
Gilbert is collecting water and other items as part of the Heat Relief Network. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)

Gilbert is collecting water and other items as part of the Heat Relief Network. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)

The town of Gilbert is collecting items to help at-risk people combat Arizona’s summer heat.

Gilbert’s efforts are in support of the Heat Relief Network, a partnership with the Maricopa Association of Governments and other organizations.


The efforts are specifically aimed at helping homeless, young and elderly people who are at increased risk from the heat.

The town is collecting bottled water, hats, light-colored T-shirts and sunblock though Labor Day. The network’s goal is to collect 15,000 water bottles this year.

Drop-offs can be made at these sites:

  • Cactus Yards, 4536 E. Elliot Road, Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Freestone Recreation Center, 1411 E. Guadalupe Road, weekdays 5:15 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Gilbert Community Center,130 N. Oak St., weekdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 1, 2730 E. Williams Field Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 2, 2885 E. Guadalupe Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 3, 1011 E. Guadalupe Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 4, 909 E. Ray Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 5, 3630 E. Germann Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 6, 3595 E. Warner Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 7, 625 W. Warner Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 8, 1095 E. Germann Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 9, 3355 E. Ocotillo Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 10, 1330 W. Guadalupe Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Fire Department Station 11, 2860 E. Riggs Road, 24 hours

  • Gilbert Police Department Administration Office, 75 E. Civic Center Drive, 24 hours

  • Heritage Resource Center, 132 W. Bruce St., Mon-Wed. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • McQueen Activity Center, 510 N. Horne St., weekdays 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Santan Substation Administration Office, 4760 S. Greenfield Road, Mon.-Thu. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, weekdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.


Pickups for large donations can be arranged by calling 480-503-6277 or emailing [email protected]
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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