Local firefighter using spare time to bring water to Flint, Michigan

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CHICAGO-- Eric Washington is a firefighter EMT with Truck 38 out of Albany Park on the north side.   In his spare time, he's collecting bottles of water for the residents of Flint, Michigan.

“I couldn't imagine not being able to drink water, take a shower or wash my clothes something you see in a third world country not the United States,” Eric said.

Eric's firefighting is hard work with challenging moments but it couldn't prepare him for this work and the huge impact it would have.

He credits facebook with spreading the word.

“One person invited five people, those people invited ten people. It's just multiplied from there.”

It was just three days ago that Eric posted his project. He needed water for the people in Flint, whose water is so high in lead it's toxic.

“I'm pretty sure there's a family right now that's wondering where their next source of water will come from,” he said, “Where they're gonna get their next case of water from. I'm just trying to alleviate that stress that they have.”

Eric wants everyone to bring a case or two or more of water to Hyde Park academy on January 30th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  He planned to rent a U-Haul, fill it with water and drive it up to flint.  He had no clue that truck wouldn't be close to big enough.

Eric's idea has taken off so fast that he set up a GoFundMe account for people who were from out of town and wanted to donate money. His goal was $2,000.

He passed that this morning.

Eric Washington knows his little collection of water won't solve Flint's big problem but he couldn’t just sit by and do nothing.

“I'm a firefighter my job is to help people but it's not just me only when I’m only on duty.”

You can drop off bottles of water at:

Saturday, January 30th from 9:00 a.m. – noon

Hyde Park Career Academy

6220 S. Stony Island.

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