As 2018 comes to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to look back on some of the accomplishments we have made together, and thank those who helped us along the way.
Flint Water Distributions In the Spring of 2018, the State of Michigan pulled funding for water distributions in Flint, Michigan. This comes after the government determined that the water was safe to drink after a lead crisis was identified in the water supply back in 2014. Pack Your Back and Mari Copeny teamed up to continue assisting the residents of Flint in getting clean drinking water as residents were still unsure of what they were consuming. After months of fundraising, over $125,000 was raised to purchase water for the residents. To date, over 750,000 bottles have been distributed.
After seeing politicians use the Flint Water Crisis as a talking point without action, Samantha Bush decided to take action for herself. Samantha volunteered for and raised over $1,100 for Pack Your Back's summer water distributions, After feeling the need to help the people of Flint, MI, Bush reached out to Little Miss Flint, local 11-year old activist, to see what she could do. From there, she was directed to Pack Your Back. "What inspired me was seeing Little Miss Flint continuing to talk about what a lot of people have forgotten about," explained Bush. "She is continuously spreading positivity while helping the community and I think that’s incredibly powerful"
Bush raised funds via social media. "I posted on Facebook and Instagram, and asked people to Venmo me, and surprisingly. A lot of people did. It was amazing. It showed that people still care about Flint, and the cause itself." Bush's funds - and time - went to providing families in Flint with clean drinking water.
Thea Colman, of Winchester Massachusetts is an advocate for her craft, as a masterful designer of knitwear patterns. She works to shine a light on small farms and producers that use sustainable farming practices and traditional practices. Making a point of working with smaller, female-owned yarn companies, Coleman tried to introduce her community to products where their dollars would make a difference.
Now, Colman is making a difference in another way.
Since November 2016, Colman has added fundraising to her hobbies, donating a portion of her proceeds from different patterns to charities that promote women, children, and education. Recently, Colman has set her sights on Flint, Michigan.