Local Groups Lending a Hand to Flint's...

Posted: 12:40 PM, Jan 23, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-23 12:40:36-05

Not every knock is being answered. About 2,000 undocumented immigrants are too afraid.

One told us, "I'm not here legally. And, I'm always scared that they'll arrest me and then deport me."

The single mother didn't want to show her face on camera because of her status. But, she said she's been buying bottles of water since she heard about the lead issue.

And because of a recent experience, she won't even go near a distribution center.

"I got close to see what they were giving out, and it was water. And, the first thing they asked me for was my license," she said.

Her neighbors being denied a basic right didn't sit right with Aida Cuadrado of Action of Greater Lansing.

"During times of crisis, I think this is when we're supposed to, you know, put those political things aside and really think about each other as human beings," she said.

So, with the Action of Greater Lansing, the UAW and Cristo Rey Catholic Church, she's set up a water collection site.

"I don't care if they're a permanent resident or not, I'm wondering how these people are bathing, how they're showering, how they're brushing their teeth," she explained.

The groups will be collecting water at Cristo Rey Church's San Juan Diego Room on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

"We want to be able to deliver it on Sunday because the need is so great, you know, some of them haven't had access to the clean water yet," Cuadrado explained.

And, she said, this is not a one time thing.

"How long is it gonna take 'em to restore to clean water, you know? So, we're gonna have to continue this. This isn't some kind of fad, right - let's just help Flint for one day. This is about who are we as a community and we have to turn up, we have to show up for Flint," Cuadrado said.

Just as she knows Flint would do for the people of Lansing.

The groups are delivering water to their sister church in Flint. Members there know how to reach the undocumented immigrants in the community.

Shaheen Chevrolet has also joined the effort. The dealership is donating water and vehicles to help transport supplies.