172,000 Bottles of Water Sent to Flint, Michigan by St. Stephen AME Zion Church

HPU, Old Dominion and Primo Partner in the Cause

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 19, 2016 – High Point University and Primo Water Corporation are donating 92,160 8-ounce servings of water to St. Stephen AME Zion Church’s Operation Fresh Water campaign to aid in the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

The church collected 80,000 bottles of water from individuals across the Triad. HPU and Primo’s donation brings the total to 172,160 8-ounce servings of water, or approximately 86,000 pounds. Old Dominion Freight Line is providing the transportation of the bottles to the people of Flint, where high levels of lead have been found in the water supply.

Kinston Jones, pastor at St. Stephen AME Zion Church, said the idea struck him after he saw on the news that the water supply in Flint was unsafe to drink.

“You need clean water in order to survive; you need it to cook and clean,” said Jones. “When I heard about this tragedy, I was moved and needed to see how my church could assist these people.”

Jones and his congregation reached out to Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president, to partner in their efforts. Jones says the HPU family’s contribution has made a significant impact.

“Dr. Qubein thought that what we were trying to do was a brilliant idea,” said Jones. “He immediately jumped on board to help and completely exceeded my expectations with over 92,000 8-ounce servings of water. That is incredible.”

“We are grateful for Pastor Jones’ leadership,” said Qubein. “Not only is his congregation enhancing our High Point community, but their efforts to rally local resources to benefit the citizens of Flint, Michigan exemplify their caring spirit. We are High Point’s University, and we are honored to join them in this cause.”

“I am so grateful to Dr. Nido Qubein and the HPU family for their compassion and generosity,” said Jones. “HPU has allowed us to love our neighbor and care for our neighbor like we care for ourselves. This donation is going to help so many people in a vital way.”

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