July 1, 2014
Public Information and Communications
Contact: Steve Wright
Donate food to Christmas in July at Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom for a chance to win iPod touch
Mesa, AZ - As part of the Christmas in July Food Drive, you can donate at least five non-perishable food items at one of the Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom information booths and be entered into a raffle to win an iPod touch. Non-perishable cans, boxes and packages of food will be accepted at the three information booths located at the "coolest" Independence festival in Arizona, which is being held Friday, July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center and Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St., and along Center Street between Second Street and University Drive.
The City of Mesa is partnering with United Food Bank and Mesa Chamber of Commerce for the Christmas in July Food Drive. The campaign is designed to capture the holiday feeling of giving and help United Food Bank when the shelves are low while the need increases. The most needed items include peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, rice and pasta. No glass jars, baby food or opened food will be accepted.
The Mesa Chamber of Commerce is having a friendly food donation competition with its counterparts in Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert to see which organization will collect the "most pounds per membership" while businesses from all four communities are competing to collect the "most pounds per employee." Organizations can participate in Christmas in July by hosting a food drive or by visiting a business taking part.
For information about the Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom, visit www.azcelebrationoffreedom.org.
The 2014 Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom is presented by the Chicago Cubs, KOOL-FM, Downtown Mesa Association, Visit Mesa and the City of Mesa. Other sponsors are Sertoma Club, Entertainment Solutions Inc., A Company, A & M Graphics, Able, Action Barricade, Arizona Ford Dealers, American Traffic Solutions, Berge Ford, Boeing, Century Graphics, Core Construction, Cox Communications, Crescent Crown Distributing, Extra Innings, Felix Construction, Haydon, Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa, Marriott Phoenix-Mesa, Mesa Energy Resources, Mesa Recycles, Mesa Water, Mountain Vista Medical Center, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Sun Eagle, The Arizona Republic, Triadvocates, Valley Metro, Valley Transit Constructors, Walmart and W.E. O'Neil Construction.