People from all over are donating and volunteering to help those afflicted by Flint, Michigan's water emergency, including a little boy from Virginia who just made a big differece.
At just 7 years old, Isiah Britt, who lives in Gainesville, Virginia, learned about the Flint water crisis from his parents and decided to do his part. Isiah, who learned the difficult lesson from his parents that not all kids have the comforts he does, dove into action to help out the people of Flint.
"I told my parents that stuff is bad, I just feel not good inside. And they don't feel good inside either. And God doesn't feel good inside,” Isiah said.
Isiah and his parents called Eisenhower Elementary School in Flint to ask what they could do.
"They already had a lot of water bottles. Eisenhower Elementary School asked us, 'Is it OK if you get us hand sanitizer?' And we said, 'Sure,'" Isiah recounts.
With the help of his mother, Isiah set up a GoFundMe page. Soon his page brought in almost $9,000. And now, there is more help on the way.
“A big company, Purell, will go along and donate some more cases of hand sanitizer in Isiah’s name,” said Danielle Britt, Isiah's mother. “If this little guy can make a difference, I’m sure us as citizens can do the same and jump in, contribute and make a big difference.”
The Virginia family's selflessness doesn't end there. Isiah's parents said once they have enough for the schools, their next step is to help daycares and women's shelters in Flint. And Isiah? He's just happy to help.
"That was the best day of my life, trying to help a different school," Isiah said. "It doesn't matter if you're small; it doesn't mean you can't do big things."
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