From Ferndale to Flint: Places to Drop Off Water Donations

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(Liz Lamoste, Jan. 18, 2016)

Ferndale, MI – The residents of Flint, Michigan have been subject to a horrific water crisis. They are struggling not only for access to clean water in the short term, but for justice and sustainable solutions going forward.

A group of us went up to meet Pastor Bobby Jackson of the Mission of Hope in Flint, who has been coordinating water distribution since September 2014. We’ve gotten him some more donations and more storage space thanks to Metro Community Development and Mott Community College – Technology Division, but even as the government may step up its GT ad 04involvement, they need more water now.

We hope to mobilize the entire city of Ferndale to show that we support Flint and stand in solidarity with Flint. The water drive is just the beginning of the work that we hope to accomplish. This event is in its infancy right now, and we’re looking for more people to reach out and see how we can make this a truly city-wide response! We’re looking for city government, businesses, community groups, and any others to work together.

We especially need drop off locations, access to large trucks and drivers for transportation, and volunteers to help load and drop off water.

For those of you who are outside of the Ferndale area, or who prefer to donate money, there are several places that would benefit from your monetary donations:

Metro Community Development Flint Water Shut Off Fund – garden16_andrew_sarpolishttp://www.metro-community.org/#!flint-water-shut-off-fund/xr4lq
Here are places in Ferndale where water can be dropped off at least until the end of the month:

Water Drop-off sites:
– Renaissance Vineyard Church | 1841 Pinecrest Dr: Mon-Thurs. 9am-5pm
– M-BREW | 177 Vester Ave: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm. Free coffee for all people donating!
– Level One Bank | 22635 Woodward Ave: Mon-Fri. 9am-5pm.
– Speedy Auto Service | 1030 W. 8 Mile Road: Mon-Sat. 8am-5pm
Judy_Palmer30years– Western Market: times TBD
– Schramm’s Mead: times TBD

Water transport:
– Dean Bach / Dino’s catering
– Be Bold Crew
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What we need:
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– more trucks
– people to load the trucks (times TBD)
– people to help unload in Flint (times TBD)

What size waters do people need?
– cases of 1/2 liters
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– keep in mind some people are walking to pick-up sites in Flint.

What can you do from home?
– sign the Change.org petition: https://www.change.org/p/gov-rick-snyder-call-fema-to-flint…
– make a donation for Flint, MI: Metro Community Development Flint Water Shut Off Fund – http://www.metro-community.org/…

To help with any of the above, contact Liz Lamoste at Elizabeth.lamoste@gmail.com. Keep up with the latest updates at https://www.facebook.com/events/952363334799910/.

There are several places in Pontiac also collecting water. Check out that list at http://oaklandcounty115.com/2016/01/16/pontiac-businesses-collecting-water-for-flint/.

To start your own drive and connect with groups in Flint that need it, see http://oaklandcounty115.com/2016/01/10/how-to-donate-water-to-flint/.

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