The high levels of lead that have plagued Flint, Michigan’s water supply for at least a year have prompt extensive emergency measures across the country and right here in Tampa as people are donating bottles of clean water in efforts to help the people effected by this crisis. The University of Tampa’s, Alpha Beta Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. organized a drive that took place Saturday February 6th from 9am to 5pm on UT’s campus, outside of Sykes Business School collecting water and supplies that filled an 18 wheeler for people in Flint.
The five men who were the brains of the operation and were in the Air force together, one also being a Flint native will be driving the collected items to Flint this upcoming week. This is about providing service to those who are in need. They will be departing on February 10th and will begin their distributing at Northwestern High School, then on to local neighborhoods that have been overlooked in the midst of this emergency.
We know a lot of people up there are in need of water, wipes, donations … whatever we can do,” chapter member Samuel Blair said.
The Universities chapter’s efforts are part of a national move by the fraternity to help the residents of Flint. On Feb. 13th the international organization will assemble in Flint to distribute water, other needed supplies and help in any needed way. There is a go fund me page nationally to raise money as well as a separate go fund me page made locally by the five men responsible for the Tampa to Flint water drive to help aide in whatever travel expenses they occur.