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Kent County Staff, Partners Team Up To Help Flint

The City of Flint gets help from Kent County.  Kent County staff and partners teamed up to provide Flint with thousands of gallons of water.  And one of those giving has close ties Flint. 

“I received the key to the city when I played there years ago, and I’ve not forgotten where I came from.”

That’s Wayman Britt, Assistant Kent County Administrator who grew up in  Flint and was a basketball standout and went on to play for the University of Michigan and the NBA.

He was part of a team from Kent County that raised more than five thousand dollars to provide help to the people of Flint still dealing with lead tainted water.

“The people there in Flint already have hard times, and to have something like this happen, it just doubles it down.  And it’s going to take a long time to recover from this.”

Britt says Kent County staff, GVSU, the Kent District Library, the Road Commission among others all joined forces so that on Saturday, 30 pallets of water were delivered…

“We are just amazed that the partnership, that  we could raise 54-hundred bucks in just a short period of time.  And let me tell ya.. it makes a difference. We went to one of the churches, some of the water. And the other portion when to the food bank there in Flint. “

Britt says about a thousand dollars will also go to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, which is assisting in crisis response.  Having grown up there, he says this cause is very close to his heart and is glad Kent County and others are stepping in to help.

“Whether you’re Flint, Detroit, Saginaw, we are all part of one state, when they hurt, we hurt.  It’s a travesty.  Hopefully we’ll never get in that position, and if we did, hopefully Flint would come help us out. It’s our duty, our responsibility.”

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.