NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tuesday is June 20th, the official start of summer, and the Nashville Rescue Mission is asking for your help to keep the homeless hydrated.
"Hydration is very important. And we want to make sure [the homeless] don't get dehydrated out in the summer heat," said Rev. Glenn Cranfield, President & CEO of the Nashville Rescue Mission.
According to Cranfield, every day they see people from all ages in need of the basics.
"So we see a lot of clients each and every day. Almost 1,000 unique individuals are coming here in need of shelter, in need of food and clothing and other things," he said.
During the summer months water supplies can dwindle and every kind of donation is appreciated.
"We see everything from packs, 6-packs to 8-packs, also companies that give us pallets of water," he said.
Rescue officials said when the heat gets overwhelming, they even deliver water via "hot patrol."
"We go out with cold water to the places we know they are," he said.
Cranfield said sometimes, giving a homeless person a drink of cool water is not only thirst-quenching, it's the motivation they need to move to a shelter, seek help at the Rescue Mission and get off the streets.
The Mission's donation center is located at 616 7th Avenue South. They're open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or you can make a donation online.