KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man with relatives who are living without clean water in Flint, Mich. is organizing the urban core neighborhoods to provide help.
People in the urban core of Kansas City told FOX 4's John Pepitone that they can identify with government not caring about what happens to them, and that's why so many people were eager to help out.
Calvin Wainwright had cousins who were among the 100,000 Flint residents who were left without water after it was discovered that the city's water supply was tainted. A few of those family members are of elementary school age, for whom the lead in Flint's water poses a serious developmental danger.
Although his relatives have been fortunate enough to be getting bottled water to clean and cook, he's still collecting water because many people are still using the contaminated water to bathe and brush their teeth.
Wainwright said the water has affected nearly all aspects of his family members' lives.
"Scared of bacteria, those kinds of things, you know. Rashes on her arm, just not being healthy and happy about what they're doing. They're paying a water bill, but with the water not being safe, you know, why are they paying for it?" Wainwright said.
Wainwright's actions are the only KC efforts to help the people of Flint. Musicians with the Intelligent Sound Record Label are donating downloads of their instrumental hip hop music to those who give money to purchase water and filters for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
So far, that group has provided more than 800 gallons of bottled water.
People can drop off water donations at the Vineyard Neighborhood Center at 43rd and Spruce Avenue.