Here at TV5, we wanted to do our part to help families in Flint.
We're partnering with Kroger, Two Men and a Truck and DHT for a water drive on Wednesday and Thursday.
The drive will take place at the Kroger on Bristol Road in Burton and the Kroger on State Street in Saginaw Township.
“During a time of great need it is our job as a community partner to support those we care about, our customers and our associates. We are first responders and recognize that it’s not just about selling groceries, it's about feeding the human spirit and creating hope amongst all,” said Rachel Hurst, Corporate Affairs Manager for Kroger.
Kroger customers can buy water in the stores or bring bottled water to donate to the drive. The United Way of Southeastern Michigan will then handle distributing that donated water to Flint homes on Friday. Kroger is also donating 40 pallets of bottled water to Flint residents, with the donation handled by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
You can drop off donations from noon to 7 p.m. both days.
Anyone wishing to make a financial gift for the purchase and distribution of bottled water may give to Flint Water Fund at The United Way of Genesee County by going to www.Unitedwaygenesee.org and clicking on the GIVE button.
Checks may also be mailed to: United Way of Genesee County, P.O. Box 949, Flint, MI 48501, Memo line: Water Fund. All funds donated will go toward the purchase and distribution of water with no administrative fees assessed.
All donations will be transported and delivered to people across Flint.
"I don't trust nothing in Flint when it comes to the water. I don't trust nothing," said Mary James, Flint resident.
James feels abandoned after the state stopped giving out free bottles of water.
"I think that's horrible," she said.
It's for people like James that TV5 partnered with area businesses to take water donations.
Many gave water because they felt the state is kicking people while they are down.
"My concern is for the young kids and the elderly in the city. I don't think it's right they got their supply cut off the way they did. The government should not have stopped giving them water," said Debi Brown, Burton resident. "I really feel that they got a raw deal."
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