Beech Grove man collects thousands of bottles of water, sets off for donation to Flint

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BEECH GROVE, Ind. (Jan. 19, 2016) – The water crisis in Flint, Mich., shows no signs of getting better, and an Indiana man is doing something about it.

Chris White collected nearly 150 cases of water in 48 hours—that’s about 3,000 bottles of water. CBS4 caught up with the 28-year-old Beech Grove man early Tuesday morning as he loaded his van before heading north.

White said he felt the need to help and rallied friends, family and local businesses (Fujiyama Steakhouse of Japan, The Mouse Trap and Taylor Computer Solutions) to help him achieve his goal. He contacted a church in Flint to help distribute the water.

White said he'll gladly accept any additional donations. All cases of water can be dropped off at 502 Grovewood Dr. in Beech Grove. He's hoping to make another trip in the next week or so.

“Water is such a basic human right,” White said. “It’s such a basic human necessity that you have a bunch of people that don’t have it, like women, children, elderly people… all don’t have water right now and they need help.”

He said he owes a lot to the people that donated.

“The local people have great support for what’s going on in Flint and they want to help… I don’t really care about myself, I’m trying to get water to people that need it,” White said.

“In general, I guess I felt a need to bring water up to those people because I don’t quite feel that there’s enough government structure up there to facilitate water distribution yet.”

President Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint after the city’s health department found the water there was contaminated with lead.

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