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Group from Detroit uses MLK holiday to pass out water

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The long-term fix to Flint's water crisis is still unknown.

But in Flint's neighborhoods, the short-term need is dire.

Drusilla Fanning's voice echoed off of Flint homes this afternoon. She said on Martin Luther King's day, she needs to be a part of the solution.

Fanning and her best friend are from Detroit.

They rented a truck and loaded it up with 8,000 bottles of water and passed every single one of them out with help of their friends.

"We bought personal pallets, we had friends of ours who bought pallets, the guys that are with us participated and bought pallets,” Fanning said.

Tyree Toler is 11-years old but even at that young age he knows the importance of helping others.

"We just help people and that's what I'm here for," Toler said.

Flint resident Avis Bizzle was touched by the gesture.

"God bless him, it just absolutely touches my spirit," Bizzle said.

But the Red Cross said help is needed during this water emergency.

So far, 100 people have volunteered their time with the organization. But the need is greater than ever.

Fanning said she knows her group will be a small help in this major situation.

"We were talking about how much it cost out of our pocket, but the reward of really helping out people in such a horrible situation, so we just felt compelled to get up and do something," Fanning said.

And people are thankful so far by the major outpouring of support.

"It means the world to us that we at least have clean water to drink and don't have to worry about whether we have enough money to go buy it," Bizzle said.

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