PHOENIX, Arizona – One Filipino-American has been trying to make a difference for the needy over the past six years. Her advocacy, hydration for the homeless, is personal because dehydration is one of the triggers for her disability.
Diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 12, recently crowned Miss United Continental Rebecca Jo Acero hands out water and care kits to the homeless in Phoenix every Fourth of July.
“We see homeless people all the time on the street sides and we want to do as much as we can to help them,” Acero said.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is currently investigating a total of 12 deaths in Phoenix, since temperatures hit record highs a couple weeks ago.
Two deaths have already been confirmed as heat-related.
According to health care officials, dehydration can easily be prevented by drinking fluids and staying out of the sun.
But for the homeless, these two simple solutions can be very challenging.
Despite discouraging heat from the desert sun, Acero and other beauty pageant winners didn't stop until all 330 care supplies were given away.
Meanwhile, Acero plans to continue to spread awareness on epilepsy and prevent dehydration during the summer.
“I can do as much as I can, but it’s really my community that impacts me to help them even more,” Acero said.
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