Jackson is the latest city in the nation that is experiencing a water crisis where the community is largely comprised of Black and brown people. In response, FBCLG is organizing a water drive to send an 18-wheeler truck to sister churches and other organizations in Jackson to distribute in their communities.
Everyone is invited to help FBCLG send clean drinking water to Jackson by doing any or all of the following:
- Bring Bottled Water: Drop-off times are Thursday, Sept. 15 and Thursday, Sept. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the church. During drop-off, donators are encouraged to write a note or prayer that will be affixed to the water donation.
- Donate Money: Members of our virtual community or anyone can make a financial contribution for this initiative. Funds will go toward the purchasing and transporting of water. <<See ways to give>>
“We are grateful for the donations that we have already received and the pledge of support from members of our community, churches, businesses, sororities, fraternities, and other organizations,” said Leon Largie, FBCLG’s executive director.
“We are addressing the immediate crisis of unclean drinking water, simultaneously we have to confront structural sin,” says Rev. Danté R. Quick, Ph.D., FBCLG senior pastor. “The situation in Jackson goes far beyond a natural disaster. The level of devastation and the lingering effects are due to gross shortfalls in the infrastructure and the lack of resources allocated to this mostly Black-populated community.”
FBCLG is encouraging everyone to contact their Congressperson to call for greater federal support. Jackson is in its seventh week of a boil-water advisory, and has years of documented water shutdowns and boil advisories due to unfit drinking water conditions.