Lincoln University water drive aims to help Flint water victims
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University is collecting clean water to send to the victims of the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
The water drive, "Missouri to Michigan," began last Friday when students, faculty and staff came together looking for a way to help support the people of Flint, Michigan.
Last week, the EPA announced an emergency order requiring that the state and city "take a series of immediate steps to address the drinking water contamination in Flint."
The water was found to have dangerous levels of lead in the drinking water, causing many people, including more than 40 children, to get sick.
Misty Young, Director of University Relations, said the drive was originally supposed to go through the end of January.
"Originally our goal was, we were going to try to fill a box truck. We have actually had a fantastic donor who has donated a semi-truck and so what we would really love to do, what would be the best thing for us to do right now is to be able to fill that semi-truck," Young said.
In order to reach their new goal, the drive is being extended through the end of February.
"We wanted to say you know what, if we've gotten this far in just a week let's see how far we can possibly go," Young said.
A group of Lincoln University students and faculty will travel with the truck to Flint, Michigan on February 27 to help deliver the water.
Donations can be taken to Lincoln University, The Blue Skillet Restaurant, or the City of Jefferson.