Little Miss Flint & PYB Water Drive

$274,968 of $300,000 goal

Raised by 7,852 people in 14 months
Created April 12, 2018
Hi everyone, my name is Mari Copeny, I'm 11 years old and I'm a kid from Flint, Michigan. You may know me by Little Miss Flint. I have been fighting to get clean water to my hometown since 2015 when I was only 8 years old. 

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The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when the drinking water source for the city of Flint, Michigan was changed to the Flint River. Due to insufficient water treatment, over 100,000 residents were potentially exposed to high levels of lead in the drinking water. After a pair of scientific studies proved lead contamination was present in the water supply, a federal state of emergency was declared in January 2016 and Flint residents were instructed to use only bottled or filtered water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing. As of early 2017, the water quality had returned to acceptable levels; however, residents were instructed to continue to use bottled or filtered water until all the lead pipes have been replaced, which is expected to be completed no sooner than 2020.


On April 6th 2018, Governor Rick Snyder announced the end of a free bottled water program in Flint, claiming the water quality has been restored.  That is not the case, today thousands of Flint residents remain without clean water. Pipe replacement is still ongoing and should be "completed" by the end of the year but it will take longer for Flint residents to trust the water since we were lied to for almost 2 years.

For each dollar raised, we will be able to provide 11 bottles of water for Flint Residents. 








SOME COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
-How many cases of water do families get?
Depending on the amount of water we have available residents receive between 4-5 cases per car or walkup. 
-How often do you do water distributions? 
We do monthly distributions from Spring until Fall, in the winter we fund a smaller scale distribution at a local church weekly. 
-Where does the water  get purchased from? 
We purchase our water from Sam's Club
-How many pallets of water do you get per distribution? 
It depends, we never do anything less then 40 pallets, we have gone all the way up to 80 pallets. 
-Where is the water given out?
We use a central location near the center of the city to make it accessible to residents all over the city of Flint

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As of April 2019 we have been able to distribute over 850,000 bottles of water. 

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Any remaining funds will go towards summer programming for #FlintKids via Pack Your Back.

All donations are tax-deductible under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Please email gmiller@packyourback.org if you have any questions or would like to request a receipt. 

Tax-ID: 81-2402039
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On behalf of Pack Your Back and Little Miss Flint, thank you for believing in our mission of getting resources to the citizens of Flint, MI. With your support, we have been able to assist residents in getting access to clean water, amidst the ongoing water crisis. Without your support, we truly wouldn’t have been able to do any of this.

As we enter this year’s Back to School season, we want to get you involved in helping us assist students and teachers in Flint, Michigan and beyond in getting access to basic school supplies and resources. By becoming an ambassador for Pack Your Back, you are allowing us to reach more and more potential donors that will assist with creating an impact.

If you are interested in creating a personal fundraiser for Pack Your Back’s Back to School campaign, please click this link: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/peer_signup/NTQzNjg=

If you are interested in donating to our Back to School campaign, please click this link: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NTQzNjg=

Once again, thank you so much for supporting our organization and Little Miss Flint. You are truly making an impact in the lives of others.

Galen Miller
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Friday March 22nd is World Water Day.
Since Flint is going on 5 years without tap drinkable water next month I want to raise $5,000 to continue to bring water to Flint for World Water Day.

We will be spending World Water Day partnering with community groups and bringing 12 truckloads of water to locations all across the city.
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So far we have delivered over 700,000 bottles of water to the people of Flint thanks to this fundraiser and we have no plan to stop. Not until every single resident of Flint can feel safe knowing the water coming out of their tap will not poison them.
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Thank you all so much for the support given so far! We are already at two full semi's full of water for Flint, Michigan! We wouldn't be able to do this without your support.

We are proud to announce that Lyric Da Queen has joined us in our mission of providing over 200,000 bottles of water to residents in Flint, Michigan.
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