Chicago firefighter’s Flint water drive gains momentum

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CHICAGO — After surpassing his original fundraising goal for Flint residents, Eric Washington, a Chicago firefighter has his sights set on a new target — $20,000.

Washington first set out to raise $2,000, then started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise $15,000 by Friday, January 29, but he says he’s now reached that goal.

What’s more, logistics transportation company JB Hunt has joined the firefighter’s personal mission, saying they would donate trucks and trailers to help the firefighter deliver bottles of water.

“This started as something small where I planned to rent a U-Haul truck, fill it with water and drive it to Flint. It all started on Monday morning (January 18th) after watching the crisis on CNN and thinking there must be something I can do,” said Washington.

Washington, a member of the African American firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago (AAFFPL), said another way to get involved was by donating one or two cases of bottled water on:

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

Hyde Park Career Academy

6220 S. Stony Island

Or, you can help with the online campaign here:

Washington will be driving to Flint later on Saturday, January 30 with the bottled waters.

WGN’s Marcella Raymond originally brought you this story, which you can see here:

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