How you can contribute to aid water emergencies in Flint, Detroit

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The Flint water crisis is drawing national attention, as residents are dealing with the effects of having contaminated water being drawn in from the Flint River. Locally, with stepped-up efforts to shut off water to Detroit residents because of payment issues, there are many local residents struggling without the basic human needs that water fulfills.

So how can you help? There are a couple of ways to impact both events.

FLINT: Our friends with the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan have been working with Episcopal Relief and Development since October, providing filters, water bottles and gallon containers. They have been distributed through various methods, but the best way to provide help is through financial donations. This allows the diocesan and local teams the most support and flexibility in responding to this crisis. Donations can be made to:

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

711 S Saginaw Street

Flint, MI 48502

DETROIT: Efforts to provide water to Detroit residents whose service has been cut due to non-payment have been handled through St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Detroit. In 18 months, this program has collected approximately 2,800 gallons of water; however, more is needed.

You may donate water by delivering it to St. Peter’s, located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit (1950 Trumbull, across from the old Tiger Stadium site). Financial donations are also accepted.

For details, or to arrange a time to drop off water at St. Peter’s, contact Lindsay Airey at (949) 293-8267 or Tommy Airey at (949) 842-9503.

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