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Washington Redskins Linemen Donate Thousands of Bottles of Water for Flint, Michigan


"It's amazing what a simple group chat can do."

A Washington Redskins helmet sits on the turf during the NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va., Saturday, July 27, 2013. (Credit: AP)

Members of the Washington Redskins' defensive line pooled resources Wednesday to donate 3,600 bottles of water to help the residents of Flint, Michigan, during the city's ongoing water contamination crisis.

After President Barack Obama officially declared Saturday that a state of emergency existed in Flint as a result of toxic lead contamination in the city's drinking water, the National Guard was called for to deliver clean water to the residents, according to ESPN. Alongside those efforts, several celebrities also stepped in to aid the city, including Cher's reported donation of 200,000 water bottles.

When he woke up this morning, Washington Redskins nose tackle Terrance Knighton told ESPN that he felt the need to do something for the Flint residents. After texting his fellow linemen about his plans, he said they were "all in" and split the bill within the hour to send out their own 3,600 water bottle donations of Fiji Water to Catholic Charities USA for distribution in Flint.

"It's amazing what a simple group chat can do," Knighton tweeted. "It is very important that our youth is healthy, because they are the future of this country."


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