FLINT, MI – After a big turnout of people at his water giveaway two weeks ago, community activist Leon El-Alamin has scheduled another for Feb. 28.
From 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., El-Alamin and other volunteers from the M.A.D.E. Institute are hosting an event that includes giving away free cases of water at Flint’s Second Chance Baptist Church, 1005 W. Moore St.
El-Alamin said he plans to have at least 200 cases of water available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
“There was an overwhelming display of humility and love from those who went to the last giveaway,” El-Alamin said. “The cases were gone within 15 to 20 minutes.”
The cases will be given away one per person, or two per family, for anybody who needs the water.
Charities, corporations and community activists in the Flint area have been joining forces to provide residents free bottled water in response to the city’s water woes.
For months, residents have been questioning the water’s quality and are upset about increasingly higher water bills. Protesters have become a common sight outside of City Hall on Saginaw St.
DeWaun Robinson, who helps organize community events, said the water giveaways are just a small way to give back to the community.
“We are helping on a small scale, but this is bigger than us,” Robinson said.
The organizers decided to move the giveaway location from the Greater Flint Arts Council to the church in an effort to be closer to the community in need. Also, the group plans to deliver water to those who cannot make it to the church.
In addition to picking up water, the organizers said, donating bottled water is also encouraged. Tacos, nachos and pop will be for sale at the event, as well as copies of Leon El-Alamin’s book. Money from the event will be used to fund the M.A.D.E. Institute to “strengthen our community.”