Flint water crisis reminds Lions’ Quin of Hurricane Katrina atermath
The residents of Flint, Michigan, are dealing with a water contamination crisis, and several NFL players have taken it upon themselves to help out with the relief effort. Safety Glover Quin and the rest of the Detroit Lions’ defensive backfield recently delivered 36,000 bottles of water to the affected area.
Quin, who lived in southwestern Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina rocked the Gulf coast in August of 2005, sees some similarities between that humanitarian crisis and the one in Flint.
A lot of people may feel like the situation is too big for them to where their one little step or their one little thing may not help, but you just never know what one donation or your one case of water could mean to somebody. I remember back in 2005 when we were going through Hurricane Katrina, when you came across one bag of ice, you were very, very, very excited because ice was hard to come by. And whenever you got that one bag of ice, regardless of where it came from, you were happy and you made the most of it.
So, to be in a situation where you don’t have clean water to take a bath, to cook, to drink, all those things; if you get one case of water … one 12-pack or whatever is very, very helpful. So, anybody and everybody can help out.
Quin was still attending Southwest Mississippi Community College during Hurricane Katrina. He later transferred to New Mexico and became a fourth-round draft pick of the Houston Texans. Although he has been in Detroit since signing with the Lions as a free agent in the spring of 2013, Quin hasn’t forgotten the power of charity he experienced first hand more than 10 years ago.
In addition to Quin’s donation, Detroit’s defensive linemen — led by Pro Bowl end Ziggy Ansah — donated 94,000 bottles of water to those in need in Flint.