FLINT, Mich. (Jan. 28, 2016)-- Before the break of day, six semi trucks were pulling out of Indianapolis carrying 20,000 gallons of water to the people of Flint, Michigan. It was all thanks to the outpouring of support from Hoosiers who donated nearly 6,000 cases of water.
"It's our duty as people to be human to each other and that is what this is. It's humanitarian. We owe it to everybody to help," said Indianapolis native Chris White.
Chris was on his second trip to Flint. This time he brought an entire semi. He connected with the people at St. John christian Church in Flint who received his donation. As soon as we arrived, people were already coming to pick up fresh water.
"Not only is it newsworthy. It's very heartfelt to know somebody has a heart for residents in a city I don't know how many miles you guys are away but so far away and yet his heart bleeds as if he's a resident here in the city of Flint but we greatly appreciate it," said Pastor Derek D. Nolen.
The rest of the semi's from Indy unloaded at the main state run hub for water distribution. The Ditman family from Indianapolis donated their truck and couldn't believe how fast the water was going back out to the community.
"Overwhelming because it's a lot of trucks. A lot of trucks and it's a lot of water so I know that they're in need of it," said Erika Ditman.
FOX59 went along to the local fire stations in Flint where residents lined up at fire stations receiving cases of water from the National Guard f the United States so they can go home to bathe, cook, and wash clothes.
"It has been terrible. I breakout because the water I shower in isn't good. And I itch and can't drink it so I'm hauling water everyday," said Flint resident Ruth Elwart.
The Hoosiers who volunteered their semi-trucks are waiting and willing to make more water runs to Flint if needed in the future.