Wescourt residents organize clean water drive for seniors in Flint MI
Part of being a good neighbor means pitching in when someone needs help. Wescourt residents in Saginaw, Michigan, did just that in response to the lead water crisis happening a short drive south of the Saginaw senior living community.
In recent months, access to safe drinking water has been Flint residents’ top priority. Concerned for their fellow seniors living in Flint’s numerous senior living communities, a number of the residents and staff at Wescourt decided to take action.
Melissa Kay Bergan, the enrichment coordinator at Wescourt, proposed the community take up a water collection as part of Holiday Retirement’s ongoing Seniors Serving Seniors campaign, a program designed to engage residents across the country to enrich the lives of others through volunteerism. Not long after Melissa suggested the water drive did numerous cases of water begin appearing in the hallways and atrium at Wescourt.
“Boy, did our residents jump on board,” said Melissa. “Everyone was quick to join in on the water drive; so much so that we’ll have to rent a U-Haul to bring all the water to Flint.”
Wescourt residents were not the only ones who jumped at the chance to help; many seniors enlisted the help of family and friends to donate cases of bottled water and money to buy even more.
Coinciding with the Easter holiday, Wescourt will hold its annual Spring Bazaar at the end of March, and plans on collecting water throughout the month and during the event. With more than a month’s worth of collected water to take to Flint, Wescourt residents will have more than played their part in helping their neighbors access clean, safe drinking water.
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