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ND4FLINT – Colt Mavity


One of the most basic necessities of life.

You need it, I need it, your grandma needs it, and your pets need it.

Something so simple and so vital to life, and yet there are thousands of people in the United States today that do not have easy access to clean water.

In this day and age where we are so prone to be consumed by our own lives whether it be from the lifestyle that college brings, the digital world we submerse ourselves into with social media, our relationships with our friends, families, and other loved ones, or any number of things, I feel that we sometimes forget about what is really going on in the world and how important it is that we recognize that we can each make a difference.

It is part of our purpose on this earth, as human beings, to help those in need and spread the love that we are so apt to take for granted. Each and every one of us has the power to do the right thing.

The Flint Water Crisis began back around April 2014. Officials decided to switch their city’s water source which they had been receiving from Detroit, but in a measure to cut costs it was decided that they would switch to the Flint River for their supply.

Within months, dangerous amounts of lead were being discovered in the community’s drinking water. This poverty-stricken community of around 100,000 people has been deprived of clean, safe, usable drinking water. The short-term, immediate solution to this issue has been simple: bottled water.

Residents now require bottled water for their cooking, cleaning, bathing, drinking, everything.

While the long-term goal is to repair their damaged infrastructure, these people cannot live without bottled water right now.

I will be honest, when I first heard about the Flint Water Crisis going on in Michigan, I naturally felt what many of us probably would have: sorrow, disbelief, compassion, etc. My first instinct was not, “what am I going to do about it?”

Rather than decide to step into action, I just thought something along the lines of, “well that’s sad, I hope they get that fixed soon.” The question of who “they” was really didn’t register in my mind. Like a majority of people, I just assumed that somebody was going to take care of it.

Monday, February 15, I woke up and the first thing that came to mind was the water crisis. I had decided that there was something I could, should, and would do.

Regardless of how many bottles of water I could bring, regardless of whether or not anyone would find out about it, regardless of whether my efforts would make a difference or not, I had decided that I was going to drive my vehicle 1000+ miles to Flint, and not only bring the community water, but send a bigger message.

What I was really hoping to accomplish, was to show the citizens of Flint that there are people out there who know about the crisis, are there for them, and support them. What better way to send that message than a broke college kid from North Dakota, right!?

Deciding the 16+ hour trip (one way) was going to be a little too lengthy to take alone, I decided to call up a friend and ask if he wanted to ride with.

Long story short, God had a different plan for me and what I was about to embark on was going to be bigger than I ever could have imagined. Within just 4 days, this cause, which I had been referring to as #ND4FLINT, grew into something so much greater than anything I had ever anticipated.

The media outlets in North Dakota caught wind of it and before I knew what was happening we had made a donation of over 13,000 bottles of water to the Flint Crisis (not to mention a $500 donation as well!).

The response and support was so amazing that I felt compelled to continue this work. We leave for our second trip to Flint, MI March 31 with D-Day (Donation Day) set for April 2.

Currently we have 8 #ND4FLINT team members that will be going on this journey and we are anticipating a donation of around 20,000 bottles of water.

Thanks to the immense generosity of our amazing donors, we are able to not only contribute a massive amount of water to this community, but also really send them the larger message that we are all in this together with them and that anyone can take action to help those in need.

#ND4FLINT can be followed on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using the hashtag or you can check us out on our pages:

#ND4FLINT is a self-funding, completely voluntary social movement looking to assist in the Flint Water Crisis and encourage others to do the right thing.

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Posted:March 24, 2016

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