A local business is reaching out to help people in Flint, Michigan.
Easy Party, located at 1202 Gault Avenue, is collecting bottled water and water filters to send to Flint. Easy Party managing partner Jason Sherrill said they are nearing the end of a 10-day relief effort for the people in Flint. He said the final collection for water and water filters will be over the weekend and the shipment will be sent out Monday morning.
But, he said they’ll keep accepting donations as long as there is a need for water in Flint.
Flint is under a public health emergency after its drinking water became tainted when the city switched from the Detroit system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The city was under state management at the time.
Water was not properly treated to keep lead from pipes from leaching into the supply. Some children’s blood tested positive for lead, a potent neurotoxin linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ and behavioral problems.
“I really think, when it came down to what was going on in Flint, Michigan, my heart went out to those people,” Sherrill said. “When I saw a child on TV being bathed in bottled water, I looked at that and thought it was horrible for that child. But, there were thousands of people having to make that accommodation.”
Sherrill said he was able to get on contact with a minister in Flint and joined in the relief effort.
“Water is a resource we take for granted,” Sherrill said. “I talked to my contact on the ground and the situation is worse than is being portrayed in the media. As fast as their getting water in, it’s going out.”
Sherrill said the shipment from Easy Party will be transported to University Church in Huntsville where it will be loaded onto a transfer truck with relief supplies from other locations. From there, it will be transported to Flint.
“Right now, I’m thinking we’ll keep sending water until there isn’t a need,” Sherrill said. “I had originally thought we’d do a 10-day drive. But the lead levels are still really high. If there’s still a need, we’ll relaunch our drive. People can keep dropping off water and we’ll keep sending it to University Church. If there’s a need in Flint, Michigan, we’ll find a way to fulfill that need.”
Sherrill said donations can be dropped off at Easy Party during business hours. He said there is also a red cargo container outside marked for donations that can be used in non-business hours.
For more information, see Easy Party’s Facebook page or visit easyparty1.com.