PRESIDENT OBAMA said the actions of seven-year-old Isiah Britt, who raised over $10,000 to buy hand sanitiser for elementary schools in Flint forced to use water contaminated with lead, had given him ‘hope for the future’.
“Isiah, I’m so proud of you. Your kindness and willingness to help others is why I’m so hopeful for our future,” the president wrote on his personal Twitter account.
The story of children in the Michigan city of Flint, scared to wash their hands for fear of poisoning, touched Isaiah so much he decided to do something about it.
Isiah’s parents helped him set up a GoFundMe page to raise $500 on Feb 5, and two days later, he had reached his goal.
He mailed his first shipment of sanitizer to Eisenhower Elementary soon after.
The school’s secretary, Lisa Palermo, said the youngster “touched my heart to no end.”
“I’ve worked with the district over 20 years and I’ve never, the words don’t explain it, he touched my heart to no end,” she told The Washington Post.
But Isiah isn’t done yet. He is now hopes to provide every secondary school in Flint with hand sanitiser.
“Now I am going to try to send some boxes to another school too!” he wrote on his GoFundMe page. “There are a lot of kids who need clean hands!”
He raised his fundraising goal again. Then again, eventually settling on $10,000 enough money to send hand sanitizer to every school in Flint.
Residents of Flint complained for more than 18 months that their water was contaminated.
After an emergency city manager switched Flint’s water supply to Flint River water in 2014, the corrosive water caused lead to leach from old pipes, and elevated lead levels were discovered in children.
Experts are estimating that at least 8,000 children under the age of six may have suffered permanent brain damage after being exposed to extremely high levels of lead in the city’s water supply.
WORDS: Layla Young