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City schools in need of water donations

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Dan Hayes does not have children in Flint public schools. He doesn’t even live within the city limits of Flint. 

“Well, I saw on the news last night the plight they are up against. And it broke my heart,” Hayes said.

But when he heard about Flint's water crisis, he knew he had to act. On Tuesday, he donated six cases of water bottles to the school district

“And I'm, just one little person but you have to drill a well at home even though you need wells built all over the world,” Hayes said.

Friday, the Flint school district sent a letter home to parents asking them to bring water for their kids during the day.

The water from the fountains is off limits after the city issued a lead advisory late last week.

Superintendent Bilal Tawwab said he knew he couldn't let the kids drink from the fountains once he heard the advisory.

“My first reaction was, what are we going to do? I'm responsible for over 5,000 kids here in Flint,” Tawwab said.

But, he also knows not every parent can supply a water bottle. That's why the district is asking for water bottle donations.

“Right now we're asking that our Flint citizens wrap their arms around our neighborhood schools and provide donations in the form of water,” Tawwab said.

The superintendent also asks residents to remember the student-athletes, who need water for practices and games nearly every day.

Tawwab said donations have been coming in, but they still need a lot more.

“The need is still there, and the need is still great. We have over 5,000 kids so we need to make sure those kids are hydrated,” Tawwab said.

Hayes said he knew his small donation would still make a big impact

“Work from your heart. Just do your two cents and it all adds up,” Hayes said.

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