Detroit — Across the state, celebrities and everyday heroes alike are rallying for Flint, dropping off cases of water at collection sites, donating money to charities on the ground and using whatever influence they have to draw attention to the crisis.
On Feb. 5, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Detroit teamed up with 105.9 KISS-FM to host a “Water-Thon,” an all-day collection of water at the Bridge Restaurant on East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.
“St. Vincent de Paul is the largest Detroit agency to help with the Flint water crisis,” said Michelle St. Pierre, director of marketing and communication for St. Vincent de Paul. “We’re hosting our Water-Thon from now until the end of the month.”
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, along with Catholic Charities of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties and Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, have been among the big players in Flint assisting those in need of fresh water.
“We’re here to support the mission and the movement, to make sure the giving lasts until this problem gets solved,” said Tim Walton, former Detroit Lion and president of the NFL Alumni Association’s Detroit Chapter. “A lot of voices in the community have been raisaed,especially from those who have a platform from which to speak.”
Plenty of Flint residents were on hand to thank those who stopped by the restaurant with donations.
“Nobody can go without water,” said Flint resident Cliff Mac, who said Flint is grateful for all the assistance pouring in from across the country. “We’re thankful for the help, and we’re trying to stay positive, strong.
“Our day is stressful, each day you wake up, having to use bottled water to cook and brush your teeth. A lot of our elderly can’t carry the bottles of water into their homes,” he said. “It’s just a difficult situation that won’t be fixed soon.”
To donate to help provide water to Flint residents, visit ccsem.org/helpflint or drop off bottled water at any St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location.