United Way of 1000 Lakes mobilizes community-wide Water Drive

GRAND RAPIDS, June 29, 2012 – The United Way of 1000 Lakes is mobilizing a community-wide Water Drive to aid flood-affected residents in Aitkin County and surrounding communities. Help kick-off the week-long drive this Fourth of July by making a donation at one of the numerous drop-off sites throughout Grand Rapids. The drive will run from July 4th through July 11th.

United Way of 1000 Lakes hopes to collect 10,000 bottles of drinking water. To help, simply drop-off cases of bottled water and sealed gallon jugs at any of the four drop-off locations (Cub Foods, Wal-Mart, Ogle’s Marketplace Foods, and Second Harvest North Central Food Bank). The water will be delivered to areas most impacted by the floodwaters thanks to help of UPS and the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank. Donors with large deliveries should call ahead at (218) 999-7570 or (218) 259-9535.

The drive is a coordinated effort with Aitkin County, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to bring a basic need to flood victims in Aitkin, McGregor and Big Sandy Lake, many are expected to be without drinking water or power for several weeks.

Individuals or businesses interested in Water Drive volunteer opportunities, please call United Way of 1000 Lakes at (218) 999-7570.

When we are all working together toward a common purpose we truly LIVE UNITED. Learn more at www.unitedwayof1000lakes.org.