MCC Collecting Water, Donate to College in the Center of Flint, Michigan

MCC Collecting Water, Donate to College in the Center of Flint, Michigan


By Wendy Mills

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — MCC’s Student Government Association is collecting water and money to donate to a college that’s right in the center of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

“It’s our student government coming together, Phi Theta Kappa and our peer advisers,” said Leon Rice.

Rice says he suffers from the effects of lead poisoning as a child, so after following the on-going drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan he knew he had to get involved.

“With the lead in the water, it causes dyslexia and ADD and other irreversible things. I am a person who has dyslexia and ADD so it is really close to my heart. Flint needs all the help it can get,” said Rice.

Rice and the MCC Student Government Association members kicked off a month-long donation drive called “Water Wars.”

“I feel as Americans we should come together and help each other,” said Rice.

The goal is to collect 2,000 cases of bottled water and monetary donations to give directly to Mott Community College in Flint. It’s the MCC of Michigan.

“We are hoping to get local corporations to match us case per case, dollar per dollar,” said Rice.

The City of Flint is working on a plan to replace lead pipes. MCC students say every dollar every water bottle collected will help students in Flint until the problem is fixed.

“We want to come together as a community. It is very important that we stick together in times of need like this. We are just trying do as much as we can as far as helping our neighbors,” said¬†Kristal White, MCC Student Government Diversity senator.

The donation drive continues through April 1. After that, volunteers will deliver the supplies and money to Mott Community College. If you’d like to get involved you can call the MCC’s student government office at 585-292-2000.