St. Vincent de Paul can better serve the needy population of Phoenix with much-needed hydration and sun protection, thanks to the generosity of Phoenix based Celebrity Fight Night, which donated the brand new water truck this spring, plus funds for supplies and a driver.
Celebrity Fight and Founder Jimmy Walker have been a longtime supporters of St. Vincent de Paul donating more than $307,000 and creating the “Never Give Up” program which offers words of encouragement and inspiration to homeless men and women.
“This water truck is a small donation in comparison to what St. Vincent de Paul does every day for the men and women on the streets who are struggling to survive in the Arizona heat this summer,” stated Mr. Walker in a press release. “St. Vincent de Paul is the lifeline of our community and we should continue to do whatever we can to support this great organization so that they can continue the miracles of feeding, housing, clothing and healing our most vulnerable population.”
Starting at 8 a.m. weekdays the water truck is to be stocked by St. Vincent de Paul volunteers with hundreds of water bottles, sunscreen, hats and snacks, according to the release. It then spans the corners of the city, covering a different area of the Valley each day in search of individuals on the streets, in encampments and places people are staying outside.
In a typical day, more than 150 people benefit from the water truck’s services, according to the release.
“To have a vehicle out in the community giving out water is a real life saver for people in this extreme heat,” stated Stephen Zabilski, the executive director of St. Vincent de Paul, in the release. “The truck is an amazing gift to receive. You can only imagine what it’s like for people struggling this time of the year. It is life threatening, and now we can provide them with essentials they need.”
According to the release, the truck is valued at $55,000, but Mr. Zabilski estimates well more than $100,000 in supplies will be distributed throughout a year. Even more valuable, he says, is the impact Celebrity Fight Night’s donation will make in the community.
“These are people who need our support, and especially during this time of year,” stated Mr. Walker. “Whether it be a water truck or make a small contribution, we have to all do our part to help our men and women on the streets and find solutions to end homelessness.”
The water truck departs from 420 W. Washington Road in Phoenix every weekday at 9 a.m.
Over the last 20 years, Mr. Walker, a prominent Valley philanthropist and businessman has raised more than $100 million for charities like St. Vincent de Paul through his Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, according to the release.
To make a donation to St. Vincent de Paul please call 602-266-4483.
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities, stated the release. For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.