There’s quite a bit of political wrangling around the issue of lead in Flint’s water supply, but a group of local business leaders just want to help get the lead out.
Greater Farmington Area Chamber members Ben Hogg, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, Karen Gara, who owns Merle Norman in downtown Farmington, and Andre Salamy, a Realtor with Red Door Realty, will work with Chamber Executive Director Dan Irvin on Saturday to fill a truck with cases of water for Flint residents. The truck will be parked in front of Merle Norman, 23348 Farmington Rd., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hogg got the idea as he watched news reports about the situation.
“I thought, this is a tragedy,” he said. “Karen Gara and I have often said, ‘Let’s not talk about it, let’s just do it.’ That’s where ‘Get the Lead Out’ came from.”
Getting water donations seemed like the easiest way to make a real impact on the situation, and “a case of water is not that expensive for folks,” Hogg said. He connected with Flint’s city clerk and fire chief, and said the water will go to a warehouse in that city. The minimum donation is 72 cases. “Obviously, we hope to do more than that,” Hogg added.
Hogg has created a “Get the Lead Out” Facebook community, and said response to the Saturday drive will help determine whether the group takes on other activities benefitting Flint. Learn more about the Saturday drive and how you can help in the Facebook event post.