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Before Thanksgiving break, the Olivet College Black Student Union (BSU) held a water drive for Flint collecting 3,200 bottles of water to send to those in need during the water crisis, which has now gained nationwide attention.

“We, the Black Student Union are thankful for those contributing to a cause we’re passionate about,” BSU President Sherri Bridges said. “This crisis is happening right next door. The estimated time to fix this entire problem is 15 years, and this is only the beginning.”

The BSU announced in January that it is extending its drive until the college’s Service Day, March 30. With the help of the Olivet College community, BSU hopes to collect as many cases of water, gallons of water, water filters and even monetary donations as it can to deliver to Flint.

The group donated its original collection to Dozier Memorial CME Church, which distributed the water to the elementary students of Genesee Stem Academy. The BSU will choose two additional locations, as well as Dozier, for its next donation.

To help with this drive or to donate, email Bridges at dbridges@olivetcollege.edu. All donations should be sent to the Student Life office by 4 p.m. on March 29.