|A view of the Flint River in downtown Flint, Mich.,
Jan. 24, 2016. Photo by Danny Wilcox Frazier/VII for MSNBC
Click on the picture to get the latest timeline of events in Flint as told by MSNBC.
This past week I’ve been working diligently with the zealous ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.. Both my home chapter Pi Sigma Zeta (PSZ) in Forest Park, OH and the Flint, MI Chapter Zeta Beta Zeta (ZBZ) have been working hard to:
1.Bring fresh water to the people of Flint
2. Maximize the donated dollar through bulk purchases.
PSZ is collecting money on behalf of ZBZ to facilitate a bulk purchase here in Ohio. The price that we were able to secure with coupons, club memberships and sweat equity is cheaper than the bulk pricing including delivery that was quoted to ZBZ. Also our chapter has just a few more lightly seasoned new grads able to sling and haul water up the highway. That’s for everybody that’s been wondering “Why not just send the money directly to the Flint Chapter?” It’s because as everyone knows in times of disaster and resources are at a premium, prices go up on products and delivery. I could write about how I feel about that, but the bottom line is, we don’t have crisis prices here in Cincinnati so that means… more water.
Saturday January 30th PSZ will link up with ZBZ at the National Pan-Hellenic Council Water Collection Drive with the water that we’ve been able to purchase at the lower price and also a check to aid in the upcoming ZBZ drive. If you just got mad as hell with the rest of us and have loaded your car with water to give, we can help you unload it there.
The Latest on Collecting-
PSZ is making our bulk purchase tomorrow evening and loading at our local Costco at 5:30pm. We are STRETCHING every donated dollar. Our overhead was locked at $200 for the truck and we have more than covered that as a Chapter through our individual donations.
Not one dime of the money donated from the public is allocated for anything other than fresh, clean, tasty WATER…Gas? we got that.
How You Can Still Help!-
We just need you to show out in the home stretch so that once we fill our truck we have extra money to give to the Flint Chapter for another bulk purchase. Even better Tia Coles and the Sorors of the Zeta Beta Zeta Chapter are going to focus on the elderly and other people that can’t get to the drives. So your donations are assuring that those left behind are remembered.
Don’t think there’s such thing as a small donation. Don’t you know that $5 will provide 2.5 cases.. that’s 5 people that can drink the recommended amount of clean water a day. $1=1 person $10=10 people… Every drop counts!
Also when you add your name to the role of donors via PayPal sending to PiSigmaZeta@yahoo.com you will receive a full report of the work you’ve done, written BlackMaggie style 😉 “Girl Whet?” Moments included if they occur. I just want you to smile at your good works!
Thank you for allowing me to use this space to talk about some work we’re doing for our neighbors.
Flint Population: 74,000, 57% are Black… that’s 42,180 people that look like me.
Oh I care, and thank you for caring too! -Black Maggie