There are really no words to describe our experience in Flint; just that we are much more humble and grateful having done it.
When we arrived, after 11 hours in a cargo van, we pulled into Catholic Charities' Center For Hope. It was 11am and when we exited the van, the wind was kicking up something fierce. We zipped up our windbreakers (they were not breaking any wind) and opened our doors to help distribute the water.
It was slow at first, a few people approached us before their meal began. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12-1, the local residents come to Center For Hope for lunch. They gather outside the doors and wait to be invited inside. We had a few people ask how long we were going to be there and that they would take some cases after they ate.
Once lunch was over, people came over to the van and took what they needed. A lot of these men and women had no car, so they carried the case(s) of water home.
All of a sudden, cars were starting to arrive, people were walking to their houses to grab their shopping carts to come back and literally within a half hour, the water was gone.
We heard a lot of stories from people on how the water conditions are; some are choosing not to use it at all, some just use it for bathing and not cooking or drinking, some have filters on their water fixtures. Whatever they are doing, they shouldn't have to, there should never have been this problem in the first place.
By one o'clock, all but 13 of 117 cases were gone. We left the remaining cases with Center for Hope, thanked our contact, Dan and made our way to the hotel. Everyone was so appreciative and kept saying oh, thank you so much for doing this; the thanks is all ours. We are the grateful ones.