Local man inspired by MLK raising money for Flint water victims

Local man inspired by MLK raising money for Flint water victims

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A local man inspired by an MLK celebration at his church woke up determined to put Martin Luther King Jr's words into action.

Tory Fields is a member of Royal Missionary Baptist Church.

The church has partnered with a non-profit organization to deliver water purification systems to Haiti.

Seeking a solution to the Flint, Michigan contaminated water crisis, Fields turned to Water Missions for help.

George Greene, IV Chief Operations Officer of Water Missions, says normally the organization works to deliver water to third world countries with no running water.

When Fields came to them, he eagerly agreed to help.

Water Missions will supply a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration system. Once transported to Michigan, Flint residents could use it to get pure water with the lead removed.

He says the fixes are temporary, but will provide much need drinking water.

Fields, is tasked with raising the money to transport  the filtration systems and the costs associated with having someone certified to run it.

He is optimistic about his efforts and feels Dr. King would be proud.

"This is part of Dr. King's mission to help everybody. He said injustice anywhere  is injustice everywhere. For us to be in America and not have basic drinking water is an injustice."

Fields is hopeful that they can get the water purifier to Flint before the end of January.

An account has been set up at South State Bank for those who want to donate to the Water for Flint  Fund the account number is 801-0000-160-966.

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