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Volunteers making a difference in Flint

Posted: 10:59 AM, Jan 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-20 15:59:37Z

Dozens of volunteers working to bring clean water to people in Flint.

"The need is huge right now, and every single resident that has gotten water from us has been ecstatic," said Victoria Fryer with the American Red Cross. "Everyone's really happy to see people coming together for the city of Flint."

Victoria Fryer usually works out of Lansing, but to her Flint is home.

"I am a Flint native," said Fryer. "So I'm very happy to be able to say I've got my foot, feet here and I'm helping my city."

She's been training volunteers since Friday, getting them ready to deal with the water crisis.

"Disaster service is what we do," said Fryer. "We're very, very great at making sure the community is taken care of."

Volunteers in 11 emergency response vehicles will pass out water, filters, and testing kits throughout the week.

"Even if it's being this cold today, I thank you very much for coming out," said Lisa Collins who lives in Flint.

She's one of the five thousand homes the water response team visits daily.

"It's terrifying to think that so many people have been affected and there is not much people are doing right now," said John Rooy, a volunteer from Midland. "Helping others in a time of need is something that every human should want to do."

And it's something the Red Cross hopes more people will sign up for.

"We just want to make sure the entire city of Flint is well taken care of during this time," said Fryer.

And they'll be here "as long as they need us."

If you want to help you can volunteer at the Red Cross office on Grand Traverse Street in Flint.

It's open from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Material and financial donations are also needed. Things like cases and jugs of water, even pallets of water.