Last week, Michigan governor Rick Snyder announced that the state would be ending its free bottled water program for the residents of Flint. It has been four years since the people of Flint have dealt with dangerous levels of lead in their tap water, caused by old, corrosive pipes.
The state started this program two years ago, which offered free bottled water for any Flint residents at designated pickup locations. But now, according to Snyder, the Flint tap water is “well within the standards” in terms of the federal limit of water quality. Therefore, the program will be done once the current supply of bottled water runs out.
What does this have to do with the Detroit Lions? Well, running back Ameer Abdullah is pairing with the Youth Leadership of Diversity Education Program to host a Flint water drive this Saturday to help Flint residents who are still feel uncomfortable using their tap water. Here’s Abdullah explaining the drive and its purpose:
Excited to partner with the “YLDEP” (Youth Leadership of Diversity Education Program) for the second year in a row with their Flint Water Crisis Donation Drive. Great to see these kids sparking initiative towards helping those in need. I encourage all you great people of Michigan come out this Saturday/Donate to do the same. A caring heart goes a long way. Link for the GoFundMe in my bio!
“A lot of people are still psychologically and physically suffering after this crisis,” Abdullah states on the Instagram video.
If you’d like to be a part of the water drive and help out, Abdullah offers two options.
- You can physically show up to the drive on Saturday and donate however many bottles of water you can. Here’s the information for the drive:
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Location: Brome Modern Eatery
22062 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48124
2. You can also donate to their GoFundMe.