Boys & Girls Club chapters from across the US send water to Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) - (02/10/16) - It's a special delivery from Boys and Girls Club chapters across the U.S. More than 50 tons of water has been sent to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint.

"So many of our people have reached out from different clubs all over the country to say, 'We're with you, we want to support, we want to help.' It's really amazing," said Executive Director Tauzarri Robinson.

That help will continue on weekly basis, along with another big boost in April, similar to an alternative spring break.

"Loads of teenagers are coming in from all over, from St. Louis, Holland, from Madison, Wisconsin. They're coming to help, bringing water, bringing supplies and they want to help put it out to people in the community," Robinson said.

Coca-Cola added to the Club's efforts to send kids home daily with cases of water. The soft drink company committed this week to a year supply of donations. On top of that, a new initiative with Comcast launches Feb. 20.

"They're bringing in a huge team to work with us for the day and we're going to be distributing things that they've collected, so everyone is welcome that wants to come," said Development Director Connie Peters.

As far as the club's Averill Street headquarters are concerned, it's undergoing extensive testing this week by the EPA.

"They're checking our chlorine levels as well as our lead levels in the building. We want to make sure our facility is safe for our children, and that's our number one priority," Peters said.

Despite all the concerns over water at the Boys and Girls Club, the staff is doing everything they can to make sure that daily programming remains on track.

"If they want to go to a ballet class or be in the steel drum band, it's still there. It's not changing. We're just going to step up what we're doing now and introduce more things that will address the nutrition factor so we can combat the lead," Peters said.

Along with that, the Boys and Girls Club is choosing to make this water crisis an educational experience.

"We have to teach kids how to be resilient and how to handle these situations. It's just another life learning lesson that they'll carry on with them forever," Peters said.

For more information on how you can assist the Boys and Girls Club during this water crisis, click the link in the 'Related Links' section of this story.

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