Eagle Scout Troop 694 member and Willow Canyon High School student Tanner Jensen was interviewed by Channel 12 news on May 31 for an upcoming edition of the poplar “Hero Central” segment. Jensen dedicated his scout project to collecting as much water as he could for the homeless and others in need in his neighborhood – asking for donations from family, friends, fellow church members and St. Mary’s Food Bank partners like Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, Fry’s, Safeway, and Albertsons.
After an initial donation of nearly 7,000 bottles of water last week, Jensen delivered another 1,000 bottles to our Surprise location on Thursday. All told, Tanner collected more than 12,000 POUNDS of bottled water. With the temperature hitting 110 degrees and heat advisories having been issued for the Valley for the first time this week, this donation couldn’t have come at a better time.
Water is a very precious commodity in the desert and even more so to the homeless and those who have had to do without utilities in their homes. Tanner, his mom and brother toured St. Mary’s main warehouse, learning about the world’s first food bank before his big interview with Channel 12. He was a bit embarrassed by the attention, but wanted to thank everyone who helped him surpass his goal and encourage others to help those in need.
Thank you, Tanner and the Jensen family for all your efforts!