We filled a truck for Flint! Over a 4-day period, we collected 11,000 bottles and 250 jugs (over 1700 gallons) of water. We delivered our donation to the main distribution warehouse in Flint on Wednesday Jan. 27.
Thank you to all of the UM students, staff, faculty, local businesses and community residents who brought in their generous donations. We also want to thank all of our volunteers who helped move and “palletize” all 7-1/2 tons of water for transport.
Our original plan was to deliver the water to the Food Bank. However, over the course of just one week, large donations of water had begun to arrive in Flint from across the nation. We were directed to the Janet Hunter, Coordinator Community Response at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, to help arrange transportation and delivery to a larger centralized distribution center. Ms. Hunter was very helpful and quickly connected us with Belle Tire, who volunteered a truck and driver (Thanks Glenn!) to come to the School of Public Health, load the water on pallets (as required), and deliver it to Flint.
We were very appreciative of this effort and to everyone who is working on this immense task of providing safe drinking water to the residents of Flint.