(KTAR News Photo / Jim Cross)
PHOENIX – Thursday, the Salvation Army is cool and cool.
The charity organization has 12 cooling stations across the Valley, from Apache Junction to Surprise, to provide relief from the brutal Arizona sun.
"Mainly they (the stations) have air conditioning where somebody can come in and out of the heat, especially the homeless who might be there, or they could not be using their air conditioning during the day," Salvation Army Maj. David Yardley told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday morning.
"We provide water. There's sometimes hats, sunglasses and sunscreen for when they're out. "
The stations are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. whenever there is an excessive heat warning in the Valley.
The Salvation Army thus has mobile hydration units to provide water for as many people as possible.
There have been more than 1,500 heat-associated deaths in Maricopa County since 2001, according to the organization's website.
The temperature in Phoenix is expected to reach 111 degrees Wednesday and 112 on Thursday.
Yardley, who compared the heat to "being in front of a hair dryer," said the people who use the stations are grateful for the protection.
"I think the most thing is they're appreciative somebody's out there and that's a place to go when the elements of heat are so bad," he said.
Anybody interested in volunteering at Danielle Shankle at 602-267-4117.
KTAR News 92.3 FM's Jim Cross contributed to this report.
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