West Michigan helps out in in Flint


FLINT, Mich. (WOOD) — The crisis in Flint over the water is just that, a crisis. But it’s also showing the residents of Flint that people do care.

A stop in at the local Red Cross office, which has become volunteer central, is proof. And many of those volunteers are coming from West Michigan.

Tiana Gee is part of West Michigan’s contribution to the effort. Gee is the Kalamazoo-based executive director of the Red Cross of Southwest Michigan.

Currently, she’s helping coordinate the over 200 volunteers that have shown up to help over the last two weeks at the Flint Red Cross office.

Gee says they come from all over Michigan, including West Michigan, hitting the streets with the distribution crews, and pitching in elsewhere.

“We’ve had volunteers from Southwest Michigan helping with the home water testing kits and doing other jobs as well,” said Gee.

While the process of figuring out who knew what and when and who should be held accountable continues, the volunteers simply want to make things better.

“It’s individuals that know that they can wake up in the morning and they can take a shower and drink fresh water. So if they can help others in need, that’s why they’re showing up here today,” said Gee.

—–Online:American Red Cross: Michigan

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