HOLT, MI (WLNS)- This is just the latest delivery headed to all started by two women in Holt who started a Flint water drive about 5 weeks ago.
More than 25 local businesses are helping out by collecting the water and weekly deliveries have been going to Flint.
Saturday, marks the largest shipment yet, and with a donated semi-truck and more than 3 thousand gallons of water, the Marines were there to help.
Local Marines and some still awaiting boot camp did their duty, by volunteering to load thousands of bottles of water for those who need it in Flint
“This here is actually really important to us because it hits home” Marine Corps Recruiter Sergeant Russell Swabb said.
The Flint water crisis hasn’t escaped the military.
According to Sergeant Russell, it hits close to home as many of their fellow Marines live in affected areas.
“This is home for us and to see an issue like this on our own ground, we don’t like seeing it so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be out here helping” Marine Corps Recruiter Sergeant Russell Swabb said
And while more than half of the men passing cases aren’t official Marines just yet, according to Sergeant Terrance McMillian this holds its own lesson in helping the community.
“Just to see that the people of Michigan are helping their own, not only the people of Michigan but everyone around the country is coming in, and this is what our country is all about” Sergeant Terrance McMillian said.
Even though, Duncan MacLeod is a “Poolee” and prepares for his next phase at boot camp, he states it’s never too soon to start making a difference.
“You don’t have to be anyone special, you don’t have to be in the military, you don’t have to be a professor, you don’t have to be a parent. You don’t have to be a student, a teacher, you don’t have to be anyone in the upper class to make a difference. If you want to do something and if you want to show that you care, and you want to change the world and make it a better place then get involved.” Duncan MacLeod said.
More than 23 thousand bottles of water, and 89 cases of baby formula all went to a church in Flint, with Marines on the other side to unload.
If you would like to help out, here’s a link with more information about drop off sites across the area.