In recent weeks, the water crisis in Flint, MI has captured the attention of our city, our state, and now the nation. As the story began to unfold and evolve, it became clear that we had a responsibility and a desire to lend our help and support. While the media has done its job by getting the word out about lead in the drinking water in the city of Flint, we started to ponder what we could do to keep our fellow Michigan citizens focused on providing aid. Television and radio have been effective at putting the crisis in the national spotlight, and yet we encountered the reality that a lot of hard work remained in the months ahead.
This situation deserves more than sixty seconds of fame in the media. Eventually the news cycle will move past the tragedy and focus on other issues, while the residents of Flint will still be fighting for clean safe drinking water. With the long-term goal in mind, we at Nudge Printing turned our attention to an organization working diligently to meet those in need exactly where they are. We sought to support those with a similar mindset to our own and we looked to help in the best way we know how.
Stand Up, Flint is an incredible organization rallying around the citizens calling this resilient city home. To help get their message out across the state we created two different car decals with the organizations powerful mission statement. Stand Up, Flint hopes to move the situation in Flint beyond facts quoted in speeches or detailed in new reports. Instead, they are seeking to remind the world that not only does this crisis affect real people living real lives, but these are people who have the capability to share their own experience and make a change in the city in which they live. We are excited to provide the organization with these decals and are proud to have a small role in supporting others.
Whether it is sending bottled water, prayers, or creating car decals, there is room to support our friends and neighbors in more ways than listening on the radio. This is not a time to sit idly by, but it is a time for opportunity. Use the talents you have at your disposal to help people you know stay safe and healthy.
The residents of Flint are our fellow Michiganders, our brothers and sisters. When your family is hurting or in need, you provide a lifeline for as long as it takes to get them back on their feet.
Flint Can. Flint Will.
by Alison Whitaker