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City school's receives water filter donations

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Jamie Gaskin, of the United Way is a leader in the crusade to find a resolution to Flint’s water problems.

"To be perfectly honest; I’d love it, if we had someone else to coordinate all these thing in the community," Gaskin said.

On Friday, Gaskin accepted a $50,000 donation from General Motors to aid in the purchase of water filters that will be in every classroom in the Flint Community School system.

"When this problem became apparent with the lead we started working with all the companies Zero Water, PUR, Brita," Gaskin said. "Those companies are pretty sensitive to what's going on around the country, so a lot of folks just starting calling us."

One of those companies was Zero Water.

These filters will greatly help in the fight for clean drinking water, according to CEO Doug Kellam, who has compassion for any parent in this situation.

"I have six kids and four in elementary schools. I would just freak out if I saw high lead levels in their elementary schools," Kellam said.

Kellam said he wants to promote education for students on water safety.

"The number one thing is make sure the kids understand without getting them scared," Kellam said. "And to be honest usually we do is to talk about taste. Lead doesn't taste but if you have better tasting water, because you filtered it correctly, you have safer water too."

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