FLINT (WJRT) - (09/30/15) – A church congregation 130 miles away from Flint was touched when it heard about Flint’s water worries.
Members of the First Congregational Church in downtown Kalamazoo heard about the problem with lead in the Flint water and wanted to help. So they passed around the offering plate and then went shopping for water.
A van and a crossover arrived jammed with 4,500 bottles of water, enough for nearly every student in the Flint Community Schools.
“I think that’s terrible, in the school of all places, where you expect kids to be safe, and lead is nasty stuff. That’s something we can’t have kids exposed to,” said Rev. Nathan Dannison, of the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo.
The water was left at the administration building loading dock, where it will be divided up and sent to every Flint school. The church hopes to return with more water and water filters.
“We tend to put feet to our faith as soon as possible, so we trust that God’s going to come through for us and make sure we raise the resources we need to continue bringing fresh water,” Dannison said.
“We really appreciate the community wrapping its arms around our schools and helping us provide safe drinking water for all of our students. This will assure them that they’re getting clean drinking water for their learning and education,” said Tony Sitko, Flint Community Schools director of shared services.
“We all have to pull together and do what we can,” Dannison said.
If you want to donate bottled water, you can leave it at neighborhood Flint schools from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.
There’s a high demand for bottled water at the high schools because of after-school programs and athletics.
Cashier’s checks and money orders made out to Flint Community Schools are also accepted.
More than 13,000 bottles of water have already been donated.