TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – The water emergency in Flint, Michigan has people across the country – and right here in Tampa – donating bottles of clean water.
For more than a year, the people of Flint have lived with water that isn’t fit to drink. It was contaminated with lead when the state switched the source to save money.
From media moguls to rappers to everyday citizens, it’s all an effort to help people ravaged by this crisis.
Help is flooding in from across the country, including from University of Tampa students.The Alpha Beta Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity at the University of Tampa is collecting water and supplies for people in Flint.
“We know a lot of people up there are in need of water, wipes, donations … whatever we can do,” chapter member Samuel Blair said.
“It’s gotten to this point that their water supply has deteriorated to this point, that people from other states have to pour into them to help them out,” Blair said.
That’s why the fraternity will hold a water drive on Saturday, Feb. 6, collecting as much as the members can. The men will be driving the water to Flint next week.
“We are either going to rent a semi-truck or a U-Haul and pack it full and drive it up there ourselves and personally hand it out in the communities that essentially need it the most,” Blair said.
This is about providing service to others. The fraternity’s motto is Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service.
“Service is the utmost to me and everyone in my fraternity,” chapter member Rudy Sebastien said.
The local chapter’s efforts are part of a national move by the fraternity to help the people of Flint. On Feb. 13 the international organization will assemble in Flint to distribute water and help in any needed way. There is a go fund me page nationally to raise money.
The local Phi Beta Sigma water drive will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside the University of Tampa’s Sykes Business School. They’ve also set up a go fund me page for donations.READ MORE ABOUT THE FLINT WATER CRISIS:
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