A charitable organization that’s supported by actor and musician Jaden Smith is partnering with a Michigan church to help provide clean water to residents of Flint, Michigan.
Over the past few years, residents of Flint reported increasingly contaminated water, with residents reporting issues as early as 2014. By early 2016, then President Barack Obama declared an emergency for the area and ordered federal aid.
On Saturday, 501CThree, a philanthropic group Smith is part of, joined First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of Flint to announce a partnership to help residents gain access to cleaner water.
Catrina Tillman, wife of the lead pastor at First Trinity who’s been spearheading the project, told The Christian Post that they had “heard about the work we were already doing in the city.”
“Our church has been on the front lines of the water crisis,” explained Tillman, noting that her church has been distributing clean water to residents nearly every week for the past three years.
“And that’s sent by way of donations from other churches from all across the country, organizations, individuals, and companies. So we’ve been able to service the community for three years on a weekly basis.”
Tillman said the partnership will specifically focus on distributing a device known as the Water Box, which is a portable system designed to filter out several types of bacteria, heavy metals, and sediments.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski