Water Crisis in Flint: How can you help?
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a State of Emergency on Tuesday, January 5, for Flint and Genesee County in support of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s request, as a result of the ongoing contaminated drinking water crisis.
The damage is widespread and significant. All water for drinking and cooking must be filtered in order to be safe. Even though Flint is reconnected with Detroit water, the corrosion that occurred from using the Flint River water source and the state’s failure to manage that corrosion (many areas of the city have lead pipes, as do many homes in Flint and Flint Twp.,) have resulted in toxic levels of lead contamination. This water crisis will be an on-going issue. There is no way to determine when Flint will have safe water. Nearly 100,000 people are affected.
1) Raise awareness about the issue! (and spread the word).
2) Water drives! Donate bottles/jugs of water for Salem to distribute to the community. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to set up logistics.
Clean Water for Flint
Saturday, January 30 ~ from 9 am to 5 pm
Holy Trinity in Livonia is collecting Gallon Jugs of water for Salem Lutheran Church in Flint
Deliver your donations to
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
39020 5 Mile Road, Livonia
Contact email@example.com for details
3) Donate financially so that Salem can purchase and distribute water filters that are NSF certified for lead removal.
(Filters are approximately $30). Write “FILTERS” on the memo line of your check, made payable to Southeast Michigan Synod. The synod address is: Southeast Michigan Synod 8115 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214)
4) Salem Lutheran’s infrastructure and water is affected. Financial donations would greatly assist the church with replacing water pipes and getting a filtration system. With safe water at Salem, the community can fill water jugs with safe water. Write "FAUCETS" on the memo line of your checks, made payable to Southeast Michigan Synod.
5) Speak with your political representatives to advocate for State and Federal resources to address this crisis, both short term and long term.
6. Lift up the city of Flint and all its residents in your prayers. Pray for God’s will to be done. Take this request to your church or place of worship this weekend.
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