To All Concerned about the Flint Water Crisis:
I’m writing to advise all of a serious issue occurring in Flint, Michigan which is affecting the lives and livelihood of our residents. As a result of officials voting to switch the water pipeline from Port Huron to Flint River water, the City of Flint has and continues to experience extremely unsafe water conditions. We’ve endured numerous bacteria since the switch and in an effort to purify the water, chemicals used created a toxic lead contamination in our drinking water which poisoned our children and residents. This issue is finally getting high-level attention from the state’s top legislators.
Recently, President Barack Obama declared our city a State of Emergency and the issue has received national attention. This communication will address our response not only to our members, but the community as a whole. When this first became a recognizable issue September 2015, Flint Alumnae Chapter acted by supplying water to one of our high schools the beginning of football season when it was needed by the athletes during practices.
In the past week, Flint Alumnae Chapter has received several calls, e-mails and donations of water. We would like to thank those individuals for their support. Flint Alumnae Chapter does not own their own facility and therefore would have to find a viable and willing partner to assist us with storage of water.
We are open to accepting any and all donations for our city. As of today, an on-line payment site, www.gofundme.com/flintdst, has been established. Please know that we are not taking this situation lightly as this is an atrocity and dereliction of duty.
On March 12, 2016 we will hold our 6th annual Basic Needs Fair at which time we will be in a better position to receive and distribute water. I am asking that those interested in assisting our chapter with this effort please limit their contributions at this time to monetary ones, forwarded to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Flint Alumnae Chapter, P.O. Box 13198, Flint, MI. 48501 or through the on-line account, www.gofundme.com/flintdst.
I am looking forward to working together to help us, the citizens of Flint, during this crisis and to bring about a resolution.
Yours in Service,
President, Flint Alumnae Chapter