Water, Baby Wipes and Formula On Their Way To Flint Following JP Drive

Water, baby wipes and baby formula donations collected during the Flint Water Drive at the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain Saturday morning.

Josh McFadden

Water, baby wipes and baby formula donations collected during the Flint Water Drive at the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain Saturday morning.

Fourteen pallets of water, baby wipes and baby formula are on their way to Flint, Michigan, Saturday night on an 18-wheeler truck thanks to generous donations by the Jamaica Plain community.

Josh McFadden, who works in the office of State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez (D-Jamaica Plain), shared the above photo with Jamaica Plain News on Twitter, depicting the donations stacked outside the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain on Centre Street Saturday, following a Flint Water Drive Saturday morning.

“JP really turned out!” McFadden said.

Sánchez’s office, working with the church and the Union of Minority Neighborhoods (UMN), a Boston-based social justice organization, organized the collection effort in JP. Teamsters from Local 25 are transporting the donations to Flint overnight Saturday. Staff from Sanchez’ office, the UMN and State Rep. Marjorie Decker’s (D-Cambridge) office will travel to Flint Sunday morning.

The effort is also looking to raise money to benefit Flint. To make a donation, visit the GoFundMe page. As of Saturday night, the effort had raised $3,440 toward its $30,000 goal.

Water and other supplies loaded onto the 18-wheeler truck headed from JP to Flint Saturday, Feb. 20.

Josh McFadden

Water and other supplies loaded onto the 18-wheeler truck headed from JP to Flint Saturday, Feb. 20.

Josh McFadden of the State Rep. Sánchez' office tells JP business leaders about the Flint water drive during a JP Business & Professional Association meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

Chris Helms

Josh McFadden of the State Rep. Sánchez' office tells JP business leaders about the Flint water drive during a JP Business & Professional Association meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

  • KarenK

    As a transplanted Michigander, it is WONDERFUL to see such support for the suffering people of Flint. I sincerely want to thank everyone involved, and in no way do I want my questions to be interpreted as an attempt to minimize how meaningful this help and support is. That said, I am skeptical about the economics of this generous gesture. Surely the aggregate cost of individuals buying this water retail (after it has presumably already been trucked to JP) and then of someone trucking this water all that distance is significantly greater than the cost of purchasing that bottled water in bulk locally. How is this a prudent use of community resources? Is it generally acknowledged that this collection effort was done primarily to raise awareness of the issue and to give a sense of empowerment to those who wish to help? What am I missing?