BULLHEAD CITY — “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted,” Aesop said.
For Kim Hunter, his act of kindness started with an empty gallon jug.
“I drink a lot of Arizona Tea,” said Kim Hunter. “I couldn’t help but notice that the container it comes in is really nice, thick plastic. I kept saving them, thinking I should do something with them. Recycle them at least. But I kept saving them. Then I got the idea of filling them with water and putting them out along the highway.”
Three years ago, Hunter filled 50 Arizona Tea one-gallon jugs with water at the beginning of summer and left them along Highway 68 between McCormick Boulevard and Egar Road in Golden Valley. Last year, he increased the number to 150 gallons. This year, in light of the heat wave, he decided to do more.
“Last week I put out 450 gallons of water,” he said. “I left five gallons roughly every half-mile. Summer is here and it is really hot and this is the time when people break down. … I just decided that now is the time to do it.”
What Hunter didn’t realize was how much his act of kindness was getting noticed.
“It’s a great thing he’s doing,” said Debbie Hunter, Kim’s daughter-in-law. “He’s a great guy. A few days ago, I saw all these posts on Facebook wondering who was leaving the water on the highway and thought people should know.”
Hunter is nonplussed by the attention.
“My daughter-in-law told me about that Facebook stuff,” he said. “I’m not into computers.”
Hunter does it, he says, to save lives.
“I have had to walk out of the desert three times,” he said. “It’s really tough. Since I moved here in 1978, I’ve lost five friends on that highway, from way back when it was still a dirt road. Even if you’ve broken down and already called a tow truck, it may take an hour before they can get to you. That hill is hard on cars. The water is there to help.”
Hunter, a dealer at a local casino, replaces or refills the bottles once a week.
“I’m doing some home remodeling work for a friend in Golden Valley on one of my days off,” he said. “Every week I check the bottles as I go up and back, picking up the empties and refilling them.”
Last week he picked up 63 empty gallon jugs.
“I’m glad when I see water missing or empty bottles — it means people are using them,” Hunter said. “The only thing I would ask is if people have used a bottle, that they refill it and put it out again to help others.”