Mid-Michigan jumps in on water problem in Flint

LANSING, MI (WLNS)- An update on the water crisis that’s left thousands of people in Flint with toxic taps.

There’s been an out-pouring of support to help those effected by lead leeching out of pipes in some parts of Genesee County.

And that includes an effort from people right here in Mid-Michigan.

Just two days ago, a woman from Eaton Rapids decided to organize an effort to get water donations to take to people in Flint.

That water drive kicked off with the help of businesses in Grand Ledge, Lansing, East Lansing, Holt and Haslett.

We checked in with one of the drop-off spots in Holt.

It had already taken in more than 25 gallons of water Sunday.

And expect donations to continue all week.

Jessica Heksem is heading up the drive, she said she was inspired by stories she was hearing from moms who live in Flint.

“You know, we can’t bathe our kids in this water, we can’t drink it, we have to buy water to cook. The supplies are running out there, it’s hard to buy it there cause everybody needs it. And there’s been   donations but everything is pretty much running empty.” Jessica Heksem said.

Rachel Wachs is one of the local businesses that paired up with Heksem for the cause. “We can’t forget about the neighbors we have in Flint, if it were our community I would hope that someone else would step up and say hey this is important now, we need to care for these families” Rachel Wachs, Tranquil Harbor Healing owner said.

More than a dozen businesses across the area are helping out in the effort.

A complete listing of drop off locations is available at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/904308142997953/.

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