SIUE students collect cases of water for Flint

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) - Thursday afternoon inside Morris University Center, students on the campus of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville found a cause worth fighting for. They collected at least 200 cases of water to be sent to the people of Flint, Michigan.

"We're all from different student organizations," said Melvina Chaney, a student co-organizer. "And we all just came together as student leaders and decided to do this for Flint, Michigan."

At Operation Water for Flint, the precious commodity just poured in. Student organizations spread the word on social media, and the donations got deeper and deeper. It's all head for Michigan, to replace the poisoned water supply in Flint. And when the plastic cases arrive, there will be no doubt where they are from. The names of the SIU-E student organizations are displayed on top.

"And we know they're in need so our team donated a couple cases of water. We're just trying to help out and do as much as we can today," said Lauren White, an SIUE basketball player.

The effort is actually part of a larger initiative called the Decatur Water Challenge, sponsored by an organization called the Distinguished Gentlemen's Academy.

"Me and my organization we try to take part as much as we can in our communities," said Derric Roberts, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

The water at SIUE will be collected along with donated water from East St. Louis High School, Cahokia, and Springfield before it's all shipped to Flint.

"We got a call to action from some of our older members," said Isaac Jensen, a member of SIUE fraternity Phi Beta Sigma. "And come Friday we'll actually be on the truck going to Flint to help deliver the water as well."

This collection effort is done for now. But anyone interested in contributing to future endeavors for Flint can e-mail Chaney at

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