The Flint Michigan community has dealt with many challenges over the past three decades. The city has battled with declining population, rising crime rate and now, the most recent, a water crisis.
State and federal officials are now tackling this crisis along with the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations. The Red Cross is focusing its attention to ensure efficient coordination of volunteers, distribution efforts, supply storage and logistics planning during this crisis.
The Red Cross is helping the government distribute bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and home water testing kits to the residents of Flint. So far the American Red Cross has successfully distributed 32,500 bottles of water, more than 21,570 water filters and replacement filters, and over nearly 2,700 testing kits to nearly 35,000 homes visited.
In addition to this, the organization is recruiting local volunteers to reach out to as many homes as possible. The Red Cross’s aim is to provide relief and comfort to every home possible.
Red Cross is not accepting material goods including water as donations. Monetary donations are being used for volunteer recruitment, logistics and operations.
Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief.
The American Red Cross will continue to provide relief work and support to the Flint residents.