It has been nearly 4 years since Flint, Michigan made national headlines for its poor water quality. At the time, people all over the U.S. were stepping up to help. Those efforts have seemingly slowed down but a local man wants to make sure the people in that community know they have not been forgotten.
Roderick Parker is partnering with the Mayor of Flint and several Fort Wayne organizations collect 100 thousand gallons of water.
The city switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. The river water was not properly treated and as a result, people may have been exposed to lead in their drinking water.
Now, thousands of homes have service lines that need replacement and residents still are being urged to use water filters.
“Some of the contacts that I have in Flint tell me that they are passing out water anywhere from three to five days a week on a consistent basis,” said Parker. “I am not understanding how or why that’s possible but I felt the need to try to do as much as I can to help.”
The water drive started March 22nd and will last until April 14th. Donations can be dropped off including the Southgate Kroger.
Roderick Parker is partnering with Karen Weaver, Mayor of Flint, Michigan, Sweetwater’s CEO Chuck Surack, Bellinger Law Offices, Kroger’s in Southgate Plaza, Freeman’s Clean Sweep, AutoCredit USA, YMCA, Unity Barbershop, Jackson R. Lehman, #ITSTARTSWITHME and One Nation Athletics.