The group’s mission was to show support for the people of Flint, where the water supply has been contaminated by high levels of lead.
Martin, a board member of the Martin Luther King Multi-purpose Center in Spring Valley, said Chris Smalls of Haverstraw and Karl Dubuisson of Nyack reached out to their friends and urged them to join their quest to collect 1,000 bottles of water.
“Once they issued the challenge, there was no way that we couldn’t step up and accept,” said Martin, of Nanuet.
The group – which also includes Watson Salvant and George Brooks of Spring Valley and Ricky Dogostiano of Nyack — thought they’d be able to drive to Flint in a car with whatever they collected.
But now that they’ve hauled in more than 2,000 cases — 20,000 bottles — they have another challenge: how to transport the bottles out to the people who need it.
Martin said they are raising money to rent a truck to haul the water to Michigan on Thursday. Members of Spring Valley High School’s varsity football team will be helping to load water into the truck Thursday afternoon at the MLK Center.
Bottled water and donations will still be collected after Thursday, Martin said, and the group will make a second delivery if needed.
Here’s where to drop off monetary donations or sealed bottles of water: