DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dozens of volunteers and city officials from Trotwood, Clayton and Huber Heights helped coordinate the effort. Officials hope getting the message out will get other cities to join in.
So far, three cities–Trotwood, Clayton and Huber Heights– have donated over 3,000 cases of bottled water and over 500 gallons of water. Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald is the one responsible for kick starting the collection.
“It started from a social media message that I sent out saying can we get water and can we help flint Michigan,” McDonald said. “Out of that the city of clayton and the city of Huber Heights jumped on board. They said they would help so each of these municipalities joined in and helped make this a success.”
Also joining in to help is Artis Stroma–who isn’t letting the 20 degree weather get in the way of shedding a light on a community in need.
“The community needs the help in Flint, Michigan. It could’ve been us,” Stroma said. “It could’ve been us, but it’s not.”
With less than a month in office, McDonald says she’s not wasting any time getting down to business.
“I believe collaboration is the way to go,” McDonald said. “I’ve been on city council for 10 years so I’ve been around, but I believe collaboration is the way to go and I’m looking for every opportunity we can and this just showed up and made it happen.”
McDonald says everyone from schools to businesses to local governments rolled up their sleeves to help.
“Citizens brought water to the fire house. People just drove up. We had a great drive on Thursday, where citizens just brought their water in,” McDonald said. “We had the schools collecting and Huber Heights, Clayton as well as Trotwood so everybody has just taken their part in making this really special.”
With megaphone in hand, Stroma hopes the success continues as more cities join in.
“They’re stopping the violence,” Stroma said. “They’re participating and bring truck loads and palette loads of water. They’re showing up. We need water y’all. We need water.”