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Washtenaw County Water Drive For Flint Residents Brings In $12,000

Jan 25, 2016

A child in Ann Arbor helps load bottled water donations for Flint residents.
Credit Ann Arbor Community High School on Twitter

A Washtenaw County fundraising drive to send clean water to Flint has raised nearly $12,000.

 

 


The Washtenaw Water Drive for Flint began Friday and had surpassed a goal of $6,000 within 24 hours. State Representative Adam Zemke of Ann Arbor organized the water drive along with a dozen other community partners and organizations. He says says making sure Flint residents have safe, clean water is one of two priorities for House Democrats.

 

Zemke says, 

"The first priority is to ensure that Flint residents have access to safe, clean water. Priority number two is holding all officials accountable and ensuring there is total transparency as to who decided what."

Donations of bottle water ended Monday afternoon. The campaign is still collecting money online here.

GoFundMe has also offered a $10,000 bonus to the fundraising campaign for Flint thatraises the most money between January 22 and January 29.  Zemke says that as a result,  the Washtenaw Water Drive for Flint is extending its online campaign through January 29. 

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- Amanda LeClaire is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU. Contact her at aleclaire@wemu.org.