Indiana volunteers donating bottled water to Flint residents

Louis Singleton receives water filters, bottled water and a test kit from Michigan National Guard Specialist Joe Weaver as clean water supplies are distributed to residents, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Flint, Mich. The National Guard, state employees, local authorities and volunteers have been distributing lead tests, filters and bottled water during the city's drinking water crisis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Indiana residents in South Bend and Fort Wayne are collecting bottles of water to donate to Flint, Michigan, where high levels of lead have been found in the city’s water.

In South Bend, volunteers are organizing a bottled water donation drive for Saturday. Organizer Donald Smith says his 3-year-old son was diagnosed with lead poisoning because of lead-based paint. He says that for him, “this is about the kids.”

Volunteers say they’ll be getting water donations from Indianapolis, Elkhart and Fort Wayne too. They plan to drive the water to Michigan on Sunday.

Another group in Fort Wayne plans a “Fill it Up 4 Flint, Michigan” event. And Fort Wayne city leaders have partnered with a grocery store and have collected at least 27,000 bottles of water. They plan to take the water to Flint on Feb. 1.

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