4th graders work to help Flint

Posted at 8:04 AM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 08:04:33-05

They aren't celebrities but just a group of 10-year-olds with an idea to help the people of Flint in their own way.

"Take the lead to fight back lead. And we chose that because we like how lead and lead are spelled the same" said 4th grader Julia Toomey.

But instead of just collecting water, the group wanted to do something different. So they're selling rubber ducks.

"We have animals, so you can choose if you have a favorite animal and also we have aliens and space." said Toomey. "We have footballs and basketballs. So whatever you really like."

But before the group could start, they first had to get some help from the Dimondale community.

"She said she was looking to raise money with this group, Destination Imagination, wanted to know if they could raise funds here" said First Presbyterian Church Pastor Scott Crane.

Destination Imagination is a non-profit who's goal is to get more kids involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). As part of being in the organization, Destination Imagination urged their students to do a service project. For Julia Toomey and her friends, helping Flint was there project.

With support from the First Presbyterian Church and the Boy Scouts, the team began their goal of $2,300. The community wasn't surprised by the group of students' selfless act.

"That's always exciting when young people kind of catch a vision that it's not just about them its something larger" said Pastor Crane.

To help get the water to Flint, the group is working with the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 951 and Meijer. Local 951 has arranged a discounted rate with Meijer for any organization to purchase a large quantity of water for Flint.

For $2,300, the 4th graders will be able to fill a semi-truck with 36,000 bottles of water for residents of Flint.

The 10-year-olds are proving that you're never too young to help others.