“Hero Central” Interviews Eagle Scout Tanner Jensen after he Collects more than 12,000 Pounds of Bottled Water for St. Mary’s Food Bank as Summer Heat Hits

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!

Eagle Scout Tanner Jensen Collects More Than 7,000 Bottles of Water for St. Mary’s Food Bank as Summer Heat Arrives

Forget what it says on the calendar. Just look at the thermometer and you know that summer has arrived in Arizona.

Water is a very precious commodity in our state and even more so to those who don’t have access to water – the homeless and those who have had to do without utilities in their homes.

Eagle Scout Troop 694 member and Willow Canyon High School student Tanner Jensen recognized a need in the community and dedicated his scout project to collecting as much water as he could for the homeless and others in his neighborhood. Tanner asked for donations from family, friends, fellow church members and local Food Bank friends like Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, Fry’s, Safeway, and Albertsons, they all made significant donations to the cause.

On May 23, Tanner arrived at the St. Mary’s Food Bank warehouse in Surprise location with his donation. Nearly 300 cases of bottled water – more than 7,000 bottles in all. This is a fabulous donation and will give St. Mary’s a great head start on our goal of making sure that those in need in our community stay hydrated during this long hot summer.

Thank you, Tanner. And thank you to Tanner’s family, friends, members of his congregation and all the local businesses that supported this impressive effort!