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Making a difference in Flint, MI

Sometimes the smallest of actions can have the biggest consequences.  And sometimes the smallest of people can make the biggest difference.

Over dinner one night, a mother, Danielle Britt and her fiancé, Kensley, from Gainesville, Virginia, spoke with Isiah Britt about the Flint Water crisis.  He was taken aback.  The thought of kids like him, unable to drink water whenever they needed, was difficult to understand.

He, at the age of 7, knew that he had to help.

The family was going to send bottled water, but decided to call Eisenhower Elemntary first.  The school said, “Is it ok if you guys get us hand sanitizer?”

Lisa Palermo, the school’s secretary, explained that the students were afraid to wash there hands because of the water.  After doing the math together, Isiah’s family figured it would be approximately $500 for dispensers and refills for the school, according to the Washington Post.

They set up a GoFundMe page on February 5th, 2016.  2 days later, he reached his goal.  But  Isiah wanted to keep going.  So they raised the limit again and again, eventually settling on $10,000; enough money to provide hand sanitizer to every school in Flint, Michigan.

Within two weeks, he had raised all the money and then some, over $14,000 to date.  “It doesn’t matter if you’re small, it doesn’t mean you can’t do big things.” says Isiah.  Their next goal is to reach out to daycares or women’s shelters.

“His voice, his demeanor, everything about him touched my heart,” Palermo told the Washington Post. “I’ve worked with the district for 20 year and I’ve never, the words don’t explain it, he touched my heart to no end.”

Isiah may be young, but he reached out and was able to make a difference.  He has given kids, like him, a way to feel safer in a bad situation.  It makes me smile from ear to ear knowing we have kids in the world like Isiah.  And who knows what his kindness and determination will inspire.  Someone small really did make a big change.

Visit his GoFundMe page to donate:

Original Article: Elyse Wanshel, The Huffington Post

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