Michigan Scouts deliver 2,500 cases of water to residents in Flint

Water-For-Flint-DeliveryA couple weeks ago, we shared with you news of an impressive service project underway in Michigan.

The Scouting for Water campaign collected 2,500 cases of bottled water with donations pouring in from as far away as New York’s Westchester-Putnam Council.

This past weekend, 200 Boy Scouts came together to distribute the donated cases of water door to door in Flint, where many residents struggle to access safe drinking water after high levels of lead were detected in the city’s water supply.

Nearly 300 residential homes, nine churches and two schools were among the Scouts’ delivery stops.

While delivering water remained their primary goal, many Scouts also stopped to shovel snow for residents who were unable to leave their home after a recent snow storm.

“Part of our Scout Oath and Scout Law includes the words ‘to help others at all times,’ and the hardships being faced by Flint residents who are going without such a basic necessity was a major call to our Scouts to act on those words,” said Matthew Thornton, Scout executive of Michigan Crossroads Council.

“We hope that the water we collected and delivered will make the lives of our friends, neighbors and fellow Scouts in Flint a little easier.”

View more photos from the weekend here.