The Flint Michigan water crisis has gained national attention and now Rockford residents are taking steps to help.
One Rockford group says every little bit helps as it raises money for Flint Michigan. Officials say Flint has been in a state of emergency for months because of contaminated drinking water there.
"Our initiative is called Thirst No More," Delta Sigma Theta Emergency Response Coordinator Dorthy Reddic said. "It is a program of our Emergency Response team here locally."
Rockford's chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, a national sorority, has been collecting money to send to its Delta chapter in Flint. Those sorority members will then give the funds to families there.
"I understand some are in need of assistance with their water bills," Reddic said. "As well, they have these large donations of water and they have no where to store it. They have incurred expenses related to large storage fees."
Dekalb resident Sherry Haley was just planning on getting coffee at "Katie's Cup" this weekend. After chatting with Dorothy Reddic she ended up giving to Delta's cause as well.
"Just imagine your life without water," Haley said. "Impossible really".
Across town a local business is showing support for the Michigan city.
"I have friends and family that live in Flint," Loves Park resident Jessica Spencer said.
She visited recently. Spencer said she saw the water firsthand.
"It's brown," Spencer said. "There's water stations across all over town for people to go pick up water."
Spencer went to Flint to buy bottled water for people there using money she helped raise in Rockford after she and co-workers at Williams-Manny Insurance donated and collected funds.
"She was actually able to deliver 10 pallets of water totaling 21 thousand bottles of water," Williams-Manny Insurance Group Marketing Manager Kristen Comer said.
Two separate missions with the same goal to help Flint families in need.
If people would like to support the efforts of Rockford's chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, they can send a check made payable to RAC DST (Rockford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.) at P.O. Box 365 Rockford, IL 61105. Reddic asks contributors to add Flint Michigan Relief Efforts to the memo section. She also asks contributors to include names of individuals for pledge cards to let them know the community cares.