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LCC pitches in with Flint water crisis

LCC pitches in with Flint water crisis
The Lookout

Shelby Schueller
Associate Editor

The LCC community showed generosity and compassion for the people of Flint by donating $920 and 38 cases of bottled water (approximately 912 individual bottles) during the “Water for Flint” fundraiser Jan. 25 to 29.

The donations were collected by Student Life employees and online, according to Dean of Student Affairs Tanya McFadden.

“I volunteered with the Red Cross to deliver water door-to-door in Flint and I can tell you that these donations are making a huge difference for the residents of Flint,” McFadden said.

McFadden coordinated the “Water for Flint” fundraiser between Student Life, the LCC Foundation, Centre for Engaged Inclusion and administration.

LCC President Brent Knight, the LCC Board of Trustees and several faculty members felt strongly that Lansing Community College should help the city of Flint and Mott Community College during this crisis, McFadden said. Since she lives near Flint, McFadden was asked to help coordinate LCC’s response.

“There is so much need, and you do not even think about how often you turn on the tap in your home until one day it is not safe,” McFadden said. “I am so heartened by LCC and the community’s response to this crisis, and by the response of the wider Michigan community.

“So many people are taking their time and their money to help the residents of Flint.”

McFadden said “Water for Flint” was a team effort for everyone involved, including Student Life employees, who helped collect the donations at a table in the Gannon Building; and Dan McKean of the LCC Foundation Office, who helped set up the online donation option and collected monetary donations.

Monetary donations were to be given to the American Red Cross, McFadden said. Donations of water and filters were delivered to Mott Community College in Flint on Feb. 3 by McFadden and her staff.

LCC student and Student Life Employee Mulki Sheikh-Omar helped answer questions and collect donations during the “Water for Flint” fundraiser.

“It felt nice; the fact that I’m helping people that are in need,” Sheikh-Omar said. “People don’t realize that sometimes just because it didn’t happen to you doesn’t mean that you don’t have to be part of it. You can always give back to people in need.”

Added McFadden: “It is nice to know that efforts such as this can go to help so many individuals who are affected by this crisis. The bottled water is definitely needed; however, without the monetary donations, children and others affected by ingesting lead could not get the necessary medical tests and attention that are so desperately needed.”

McFadden expressed her thanks to all who helped make the fundraiser a success.

Those still wishing to help can donate to the United Way of Genesee County Flint Water Fund by visiting http://bit.ly/1n9KvWf. The American Red Cross also accepts donations for Flint and volunteers to help.

For more information on getting involved with the American Red Cross, visit rdcrss.org/20tV6gp/

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