“It doesn’t matter if you’re small, you can do something big.”
Kiddos like Isiah Britt restore your faith in humanity. As we learn more about Flint’s longstanding water crisis, poor water conditions of cities across the nation, and the roles government officials play in exasperating the situations, there’s a great need for some kind of hope. The plot thickens daily as it seems no one is willing to be held accountable for what’s happening to entire communities. Since we’ve been exposed to the fractions of information from both mainstream and social media, responses from most politicians and city officials have been all shuck and jive. Residents are still being charged for unpaid water bills and looking for ways to tend to the water’s long-term effects. While justice seems pretty far off, there are some folks trying to help. There are the big names, of course, donating large amounts of money and clean, bottled water: Detroit native Big Sean, Puff Daddy, Jimmy Fallon, Rosie O’Donnell, etc. There are also some lesser known folks thinking critically about this issue.
Isiah Britt, a second-grader from Virginia, heard about the water crisis from his parents and, of course, thought about kids his age. After sending bottle waters to a local elementary school, Isiah learned from the principal that many students were afraid to wash their hands at school because of the condition of the water.
“I want to help the students at Eisenhower Elementary School in Flint Michigan. They have a lot of water bottles from big companies but they still can’t wash their hands at school. So I am going to raise money to buy handsanitizer for their school. $500 will help buy 20 cases of handsanitizer (one case for each classroom).” — Isiah Britt
In just over ten days, Isiah surpassed his goal, with the help of a couple hundred donors. Listen to how excited he was in the video below and see if it doesn’t make you want to give him all your money! His GoFundMe page is still active, with nearly 400 donors having contributed over $11,000 in just 21 days. A recent update posted says Isiah is now looking to provide handsanitizer for Flint area high schools, as well.
As we watch the city’s officials fumble around passing blame, don’t forget about young Isiah. There’s hope for the future when hearts like his are allowed to flourish. Donate a few dollars, if you can– there are no better causes than these.