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Western New York steps up to help Flint, MI

Posted at 10:33 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 06:52:29-05

Cases of water are flooding True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo. The water, being collected by the community is going to help the people of Flint, Michigan, who are dealing with a water crisis.

"This project started with just a Facebook post," said Pastor Darius Pridgen. "That resulted in people coming every few minutes to drop off the water."

The church started collecting the cases of clean water for Flint during Sunday's church service. Since then, church officials say people have come out of the woodwork to donate.

"We had an elderly couple donate 30 cases of water," Pridgen said. "They had the water in the back of a pickup. They paid someone $20 to load the water, and then brought it here."

Pridgen and those at True Bethel are astounded at how much water has been collected. They will be personally delivering the cases of water to Flint this coming weekend.

David LaGrone stopped by Tuesday night to donate. "Their water is contaminated," LaGrone said. "I think they really need it, and they need more cooperation from we as people."

This initiative has grown far beyond a True Bethel mission. It's being embraced by all of Western New York. Pridgen says today, he received an unexpected phone call.

"Bob Rich has agreed to utilize his trucks from his company to get all of this water to Flint this weekend," Pridgen said. "

True Bethel understands there are people in Western New York who want to help, but may not be able to physically drop water off.

Those who still want to donate can visit this Go Fund Me page and donate money, that will be used to purchase water.

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