Detroit donates more than 40,000 cases of water to Flint

The city of Detroit reached out to Flint in a time of crisis.

City councilmembers joined forces with business people to make a huge donation.

Half a million bottles of water carried by eight trucks  were packed tightly Wednesday.

"It's Flint today, but it could be any municipality tomorrow," said Brenda Jones, city council president.

More than 40-thousand cases of water were ready to be sent to the people of Flint.

"You can see the number 40,000 written on paper," said councilman Andre Spivey. "But when you see three or four levels of water all the way down it's overwhelming. But this is just a small portion they need until the pipes are fixed in Flint."

The city is devastated after using and drinking water contaminated with high levels of lead for years.

"It's a man-made devastation," Spivey said. "It's horrific."

"You can't take a shower, you can't wash your babies, can't wash your clothes," Jones said. "It is just a small portion of what we could do to be able to help."

The city partnered with the United Way with help from Faygo and D&B Distributors, along with many others which allowed the cases to be purchased for only $2. And the shipping, free.

Bobby Hesano, president of D&B Distributors said Detroiters donated over $80,000 in less than six weeks and in two weeks, another half a million bottles will be sent to Flint.

Detroiters and city officials also have plans to send dinnerware and plastic ware to the city of Flint.

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