Several trucking companies and large retailers on Jan. 26 announced plans to donate and truck in tens of thousands of bottles of water for residents and schoolchildren of Flint, Michigan, to assist the community that is experiencing a drinking water crisis.
Jet Express Inc., one of the carriers who initiated a local campaign to help Flint, raised donations of more than 17,000 bottles in the first 24 hours of their effort, said Kevin Burch, president of the Dayton, Ohio-based motor carrier.
Jet Express hopes to roll into Flint on Feb. 1 with a trailer carrying 40,000 bottles of water.
"In today's world, how do we let a city that used to be thriving culture-wise with theaters and art institutes to deteriorate to the point that there's no water to drink, bathe or wash their clothes?" asked Burch, who grew up in Flint and got his first trucking job there as a third-shift dispatcher in 1973. "How disgusting is it for Michigan with the Great Lakes and more fresh water than any other place in the world."