Hellertown Church Raising Money to Buy Water for Flint, Mich., Families

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Many families in Flint now have to rely on bottled water due to the contamination of their city's public water supply with lead.

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In recent months the city of Flint, Mich., has become a national posterchild for urban environmental disasters and social crisis, due to the widespread contamination of its public water supply with lead.

Many families in Flint now have to rely on bottled water due to the contamination of their city's public water supply with lead.

Many families in Flint now have to rely on bottled water due to the contamination of their city’s public water supply with lead.

Since the contamination was first reported help for the impoverished city has poured in from across the U.S., and now a Hellertown church has decided to join the relief effort.

Over the next few weeks, Christ Lutheran Hellertown will hold a special appeal to raise money for the purchase of 500 cases of bottled water for Flint residents, Pastor Phil Spohn announced in a news release.

Corky Blake, the chairman of Christ Lutheran Church’s Outreach Ministry, spoke about the needs of one particular congregation at a service Sunday in Hellertown, the release indicated.

Salem Lutheran Church in Flint is a distribution point for safe drinking water, with water being distributed by church members there each Thursday to residents in need.

All of the money raised by the Christ Lutheran Hellertown appeal will be forwarded to Salem Lutheran, where it will also help pay for water filters and other needed supplies.

Anyone can donate to the appeal.

Checks should be made payable and mailed to Christ Lutheran Church, with “Flint Water Project” written in the memo area.

Christ Lutheran Hellertown is located at 69 Main St., Hellertown, PA 18055.

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