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Grassroots effort gets bottles to children, senior citizens

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Bottles for the Babies founder Lanice Lawson is taking matters into her own hands. 

"Once I got wind that children were asked to bring bottles of water to school, that kind of did it for me," Lawson said.

A day after Gov. Rick Snyder requested federal assistance, Lawson is working to deliver water to the community.

"It was a grassroots effort. We heard about a need. I'm a human being and an RN. So, I, of course, know all the problems that come with being exposed to lead," Lawson said.

Since September, the initiative to distribute clean water has raised over $30,000 from crowdsourcing site GoFundMe.com. Local businesses are also donating resources.

Two Men and a Truck transported more than 6,000 cans of water from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to several Flint community centers.

“Today, we're going to get to three different senior centers,” said Jarrid Watts, sales manager. “So, there's going to be a lot of residents in each of those centers. So, we're going to help all those people out.”

One of the locations receiving water on Friday is the Hasselbring Park Senior Community Center, and they said it's much needed.

"We're here already. We can get some water and take it home. We don't have to struggle with waiting in line or going up to Pierson Road," said volunteer Joyce Wilson.

Bottles for the Babies started as an idea of a concerned citizen. Now, it's helping others cope with a disaster.

"We're extremely grateful to all those who donated the water, and that they thought enough about Hasselbring Senior Center to make us a distribution site for our community," Wilson said.

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