FLINT, Mich. (WOOD) — For weeks now, WOOD TV8 has been partnering with our Connecting with Community partners on the Water for Flint initiative. The West Michigan community has been donating sealed water for the people of Flint who affected lead-contaminated water.
On Friday, WOOD TV8 collected 24 pallets of bottled water, which was enough to fill a semi-truck.
Sealed bottles and jugs of water are being collected at all ArtVan Furniture stores throughout West Michigan. Each and every day ArtVan is driving their trucks filled with water out to Flint. Catholic Charities of Flint are organizing the distribution of the water in the city.
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WOOD TV8’s Community Affairs Director, Eva Aguirre Cooper, followed the water to see how our donations are making impact.
Flint Catholic Charities have been running the water pickup location outside their offices in downtown Flint for over 30 days. Every night, ArtVan drops off a new semi-truck trailer filled with water, and then every morning new volunteers show up to help distribute.
Volunteers have been coming from across the state to help. Employees from businesses in Ann Arbor and Lansing took time off to pack cars with cases of water. Family members from Detroit and friends from Chicago drove trucks filled with water donations to contribute.
Flint residents were driving up to pick up water all day.
“I thank the Lord for them, I really appreciate them,” shares Katherine Sherry, a Flint resident. “I know that God is good because if He wasn’t we wouldn’t be getting all this water”
Catholic Charities are distributing two 40 bottle cases to families with less than three people.
“Most of those people are coming back every day, if not every other day,” said Mary Stevenson with Catholic Charities of Flint. “That’s where these donations are going, not to big organizations, but everyday people in need.”
Since the water crisis is ongoing, Art Van Furniture and our Connecting with Community partners are extending the water drive as long as the need exists.