An Ypsilanti barber is doing his part to help the people of Flint after the State of Michigan announced it would end its water giveaway program for the city.
Ryan Griffin, owner of Griff's Unlimited Cutz, is offering customers a discount on hair cuts when they bring in bottled water to donate to Flint residents. The amount spent on water will be deducted from the cost of the hair cut.
"It is difficult for me to watch people suffer," Griffin said. "I feel that it is my/our responsibility to give our energy to one another... I know that my effort is small. I know that a case or two may only help one family, but if it can bring some sort of relief or help, so be it."
Even if you are not a customer, Griffin encourages anyone who will to drop off cases of water through the end of May. The water will then be delivered and distributed in Flint on Memorial Day Weekend.
"It is not enough to just send thoughts and prayers to Flint; I have to do something," Griffin said. "Flint, Michigan is just an hour away from Ypsilanti and not some remote third world place that we often hear about – but an hour away."
Griffin's Unlimited Cutz is located at 880 S. Grove Road, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48198. Cases of water can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.