Lansing religious leaders help Flint

Posted at 8:47 AM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 08:47:31-05

Religious leaders standing in solidarity.

"Letting the citizenry of Flint as well as the state and the nation know that Flint is not alone," said Bishop David Maxwell. "They're not by themselves that we are and they have our support."

Maxwell grew up in Flint. He says what's happening is extremely personal.

"My mother and stepfather are there," said Maxwell. "They are senior citizens. They have been impacted adversely by this crisis."

A crisis he says the government shouldn't have taken this long to address.

"Things that we think, we take for granted," explained Maxwell. "When I wake up in the morning, I have the opportunity to wash my face. She can't do that with the running water. I can take a shower. She can't do that."

The Greater Lansing Clergy Forum has been collecting donations and water all week. They hope to have at least 24 thousand bottles to deliver to homes in Flint starting next Monday.

"Targeting out those communities where we see the most need and trying to get water to those communities," said Pastor Melvin Jones.

Starting with people who don't have access to water stations.

"It's a human tragedy to know that 8 or 9 thousand children have been impacted by lead poisoning and perhaps impaired," said Jones.

"We are going to rally around Flint and let them know that we care about them," said Pastor Jacqueline McDaniel.

Asking political leaders to do their part as well.

"We're looking for tangible, tangible action and tangible results. Infrastructure has to be changed," said Maxwell.

So his parents and others in Flint can have access to clean water.