Group travels over 700 miles to aid Flint amid water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Group travels over 700 miles to aid Flint amid water crisis

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

As the Flint water crisis continues into its third year, many believe it's left the national spotlight.

However, one group is proving people from all over the country still care about what’s happening in the Vehicle City by holding a food drive.

Caitlyn Fell said without the food driver, her family would have gone hungry.

"My family is on a fixed income and there is four of us,” Fell said.

Fell is relieved that over a hundred Good Samaritans stepped up to make sure people in Flint had something to eat. 

Cheryl Hairston was the backbone of the event.

She is with a group called Women the World Over, Inc. that traveled all the way from North Carolina to give back.

"I felt a desire to come to the city to check on the residents to see how they were doing to bring my love to them. And to wrap my arms of love on them,” Hairston said.

During the drive, Hairston met with Mayor Karen Weaver who applauded the group’s efforts. They both want to keep the focus on Flint and repair the city.

"We are continuing to do the lead service line replacement and we want people to know that we are in 10 areas of the community right now and we are ahead of schedule and we hope that continues,” Weaver said.

Along with passing out water, volunteers hoped to feed over 400 families.

The line of those in need at Joy Tabernacle Church backed up a few street blocks. Assistant Pastor Aaron Dunigan said he wants to send a message to everyone struggling because of the water crisis.

“And let people know that we still love you. We still care about you and we are still praying for you,” he said.

Fell said she's grateful for the group that traveled over 700 miles to make sure she had healthy food and safe drinking water.

"Very charitable of them to care so much for us even though they don't live here they still want to help us with these issues,” Fell said.

The food was donated from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

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