PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The water situation in Flint, Michigan continues to make national headlines. Now, some Pittsburgh churches are lending a helping hand.

Water is one of life’s necessities — one we often take for granted.

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“Every little bit helps to fill that bucket. Here’s the first drop,” St. James AME Church trustee Kirk Webster said.

The people of Flint, Michigan are well aware of what happens when you can’t drink the water. But, people from three Pittsburgh churches want to help.

“If every person in this city were to donate one bottle of water, can you imagine what type of impact that would have on the entire city of Flint?” Rita Gregory said.

The St. James AME Church in East Liberty spearheaded an effort. They are loading up 15,000 of water from a half dozen churches and driving them to Flint.

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“I called some of our AME brothers and sisters who came, they stepped up to the plate and they definitely did a great part in helping us as well as Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, and Unity Baptist Church as well,” Rev. Rodrecus Johnson, Jr. said.

“We need to begin to cast a positive light as to what is going on in these pockets is going on — what people within these pockets are doing to help others in need and that’s why we are here today,” Gregory said.

Volunteers will spend hours at various locations today loading the water in to trucks and then hauling clean water to Michigan.

“My child looks to me to protect them and when I go to protect them, and they trust me to protect them, and I am pouring poison down them, that just, you just, that does something to you,” Webster said.

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