Flint water crisis: South Bend church collecting bottles of water to donate to Flint residents

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

A church in South Bend is collecting bottles of water he plans to take to Flint, Mich., for residents who need clean water during the Flint water crisis.

Pastor Keith Witherspoon at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church was inspired to collect donations after he woke up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water and realized Flint residents couldn’t do the same, WNDU reported.

Witherspoon will deliver the water to a Flint church that will then distribute the water to residents, FOX 28 reported.

Donations can be dropped off at the church at 24393 Fillmore Road in South Bend through Friday morning, Jan. 29. 

Flint’s water became contaminated with lead when the city began drawing from the Flint River in 2014 as a cost-cutting measure while under state financial management. The water was not properly treated to keep lead from pipes and plumbing from leaching into the supply and into Flint homes and businesses. Tests have shown high levels of lead in some children’s blood.

President Barack Obama declared an emergency in the city.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.