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People’s AME Zion Church Turning “Whine” into Water

Church Led Effort delivers hundreds of cases of water to Flint, Michigan during their water crisis.

People’s AME Zion prepares for a 3rd trip to Flint

People’s AME Zion Church successfully delivered water donated by Syracuse and Central New York to Residents of Flint, Michigan. They’ve completed a second trip and are preparing to send additional water to Flint. This has become a community wide crusade.

The water drive inspired the region, Syracuse City Schools, Onondaga County and many groups, individuals and organizations came together, recognizing a city hundreds of miles away was in trouble.

Pastor Daren C. Jaime of People's A.M.E. Zion Church
Pastor Daren C. Jaime of People’s A.M.E. Zion Church

Peoples A.M.E. Zion is the oldest African-American church in Syracuse and the central New York region. Its rich history dates back generations, an integral part in the fight to end slavery and seek equality.

In 2006, the Reverend Daren C. Jaime was appointed to the People’s Church. Under Pastor Jaime’s leadership, People’s formed the People’s Community Development Corporation (PCDC), bringing community, economic development and revitalization to the heart of the Syracuse’s south side. Pastor Jaime extended his ministry by adding an 8:00 am Sunday Worship Service as well as a wide range of other growing ministries and outreach initiatives.

People’s AME Zion Church, located at 2306 S. Salina Street has been the local driving force behind obtaining water for Flint, Michigan. The Syracuse area community support has been tremendous as the group delivered 2000 cases of water to Flint, Michigan. They’re partnered with a local church to deliver the much needed water to residents.

Volunteers work to distribute water
Volunteers work to distribute water

The supplies were gone within hour, organizers say, “We’ll be back” as they headed home eager to make that journey again helping those in crisis. On their second trip the group sent two tractor trailers delivering 4,000 cases of water.  The effort mobilized 33 persons who made the second journey to Flint.

Volunteers moving water in Flint, Mi.
Volunteers moving water in Flint, Mi.

According to People’s AME Zion Church Pastor, “I want to thank both Syracuse and Central New York for their overwhelming response to this human injustice to the people of Flint. Community means two words, ’common unity’ and this unified effort we have seen through the CNY response to our relief efforts proves just that.”

It’s early March and Rev. Daren C. Jaime is preparing for a third trip to the beleaguered city of Flint, Michigan.

There’s been a lot of finger pointing and assessment of blame, there’ll be plenty of time for investigating what happened.  While some were “whining” about what’s happened to Flint’s water supply.  People’s AME Zion mobilized an emergency relief effort, an example of turning “whine” into water.

 

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