A Cedar Rapids church is stockpiling bottled water to help Flint, Michigan families deal with that city’s lead-contaminated municipal water supply.
Cases of bottled water are being stacked at Mount Zion Baptist Church where Damian Epps is the Senior Pastor. “My plan is to leave next Monday, on the 15th, and hopefully we can have more than 100,000 bottles of water…take a team of people there and spend at least a day-and-a-half-or-so passing out water, but also assessing their plight,” Epps says.
Bottled water donations to the church stockroom are coming from as far away as Des Moines, Davenport, and Peoria, Illinois. Epps says he’s motivated by his experience living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and then having Mount Zion’s church devastated in 2008 by flooding in Cedar Rapids.
Thanks to Dean Borg, Iowa Public Radio