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City donates thousands of bottles of water to Flint

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“I see a miracle, a miracle from God,” said Pastor Willie Ruth Moore.

That miracle is thousands and thousands of water bottles being dropped off at the Hands of Love City of Refuge Church in Flint, ready to be passed out to residents.

The city of Westland, outside of Detroit, donated bottled water to residents of Flint.

“We lost count after 2,500 cases. We've got the street lined up and they've been unloading for over an hour,” said Westland Mayor Bill Wild.

And unloading lasted hours more.

“I think they were surprised to see the city of Westland roll in today. With the incredible amount of water we brought today but it's been open arms,” Wild said.

Westland is not anywhere near Flint or even in the region, but the mayor said his citizens knew they had to help those of Flint.

“The city of Westland we're a compassionate city,” Wild said. “We're Michigan's first compassionate city, and through that initiative we reached out to our residents and business owners and churches and help out. We knew there was a need here and they really came to the plate.”

Moore said she's overwhelmed by the amount of help, and bottles entering her church.

But she knows her church body, and the rest of Flint, is in a dire situation.

“It's been wondering, is our water poisoned? Is it good? Can I afford to buy water for the next 10 years?” Moore said.

The city of Westland partnered with UAW Local 900 and the Westland area Jaycees for the donation.

“They've been through so much,” Wild said.

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