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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  A  group in the Tennessee Valley is doing its part to help those hurting in Flint, Michigan due to the water crisis. It’s an issue that hits close to home for Ismeralda Johnson of Gospel Center Church and Kingdom Transportation.

“It’s where we come from,” Johnson said.  “Both my husband and I are born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan, which is only 45 minutes away from Flint.”

Johnson is now rallying the Tennessee Valley to help people far north of here.

“We are ready to charge and help however we can in this crisis,” Johnson said.

Over the past year, high levels of lead have plagued Flint’s water supply. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigation the issue. Meantime, the community is in desperate need of water due to the contaminated system.

“Now a whole state, not just a city, it’s multiple cities, not be able to have it at their hands reach, it’s sad,” Johnson said.

Kingdom Fellowship of Churches, Gospel Center Church and Body Ministry are asking everyone to bring in cases of bottled water, filters and filtered pitchers.

“Water is a necessity, it’s a necessity and so we want to be able to do our little part, just a little part, to make a difference in the lives of these people in Flint,” Gresha Lewis of Body Ministry said.

For the next two weeks on Tuesday, January 19 and Tuesday, January 26 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday, January 23 and Saturday, January 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the group is asking our communities to drop off water donations to the University Baptist Church located at 809 Jordan Lane in Huntsville.

“So many times we want to go to Africa, and we want to go to third world countries, but we have a crisis right here in the states that so many of us can come and be a part of,” Johnson said.

On January 31, a team from Kingdom Transportation will deliver the donations to Flint.

“I challenge you to come and take charge, and bring water,” Lewis said.