Will Burge’s #ClevelandHasAVoice teams up with R.A.K.E. and The Hooley House to provide relief and supplies to Flint, MI water crisis victims

All of Northeast Ohio is asked to pitch in and help our Midwestern neighbors

Cleveland, OH January 25, 2016:  iHeart Radio host Will Burge’s #ClevelandHasAVoice is teaming up with comedian Ricky Smith’s R.A.K.E. (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere) and The Hooley House to collect food, water bottles, sanitary supplies, and other necessities for the victims of the ongoing water crisis that is taking place in Flint, Michigan.

Donations will be accepted at all four Hooley House locations beginning Wednesday January 27th through Sunday January 31st from 11am-9pm. Each Hooley House location (Mentor, Westlake, Brooklyn, and Montrose) will have a donated 20’ storage unit out front where you can drop off needed supplies.  The units are courtesy of our friends at Mobile Mini.

Below is a list of items needed in the crisis area:

·       Water (Gallons or Cases)

·       Baby Wipes

·       Hand Sanitizer

·       Jars of Peanut Butter and/or Jelly

·       Children’s Books

R.A.K.E. has already donated nearly 5,000 gallons of water and hand sanitizer to Flint and is looking to double or even triple that number this week. By combining the efforts of R.A.K.E.’s #HashtagLunchBag campaign in Cleveland and with donations by #ClevelandHasAVoice, Ricky Smith stated “I hope to donate 120,000 bottles of water and 1,500 lunches to the needy in Flint this weekend”. 

Here in Ohio the simple pleasure of clean water is no longer an afterthought to our neighbors Flint, Michigan. More than 100,000 people including nearly 9,000 children under the age of six have been exposed to lead and the E. Coli bacteria in their water supply. While a state of emergency has been issued for the area more help is necessary. The donated water is needed not just for drinking but also for cooking and bathing. Because residents have been advised not to use the water under any circumstances hand sanitizer and baby wipes are also in high demand.

The impoverished children, homeless, and residents of Flint are among the most vulnerable in this sad and sickening situation.  As Midwesterners, we have a duty to look out for one another. Please help by donating and spreading the word!