Summer is heating up.
With it brings a great concern to Ray of Hope.
“The concern is dehydration,” said Laura Vieira-Saunders, who is the executive director of the local non-profit servicing poor and needy children. “We are in desperate need for water and juice.”
Ray of Hope works with Child Protective Services and other approved agencies in providing youngsters with the basic needs.
“They aren’t able get [them] due to food insecurity, homelessness, a crisis situation, lack of utilities or more,” Vieira-Saunders added.
Her organization, in particular, the Kids Cupboard Food Pantry, is also looking for donations of sunscreen and diapers along with water.
“Water is like gold to us during these hot months. With homeless shelters full and people living in cars and run-down motels, there are a lot of needs out there,” she said.
People can drop bottled water at Cabral Motors, Pro Touch Auto Repair, or the Ray of Hope Children’s Crisis and Resource Center.
Juices, sunscreen and all foods are also welcome.
For more information, call Ray of Hope at 209.883.6411, e-mail KIDSCUPBOARD@Rayofhopekids.com, or Facebook and Instagram.