With temperatures expected to reach into the 90s every day this week, the Nashville Rescue Mission is launching its Hot Patrol and asking for donations of bottled water to help keep the city’s homeless population hydrated.
When the weather heats up, the mission’s Hot Patrol van roams the streets of Nashville handing out bottles of water.
Mike Tatar, the mission’s lead case manager, said they also encourage people to come to the mission to get out of the heat.
“Giving these needed items to the homeless can sometimes spark enough of a connection to help get people off the streets,” Nashville Rescue Mission CEO Glenn Cranfield said. “You could give a homeless person a cold bottle of water and a clean pair of socks, and suddenly he decides he doesn’t want to be homeless anymore.”
Bottled water can be dropped off at the mission’s donation center located at 616 7th Avenue South Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Online donations are accepted at NashvilleRescueMission.org.