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4 March 4, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC COMMENTARY www.upcatholic.org Marquette Neil Newcomb 906-225-0191 1400 Wright Street Escanaba Dale Stannard 906-786-4685 Hwy. M-35 APRIL 1, 2016 CAMP INDEPENDENCE: SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS AND LIFEGUARDS: MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE'S LIFE! Counselors and Lifeguards needed for Camp Independence, a one-week recreational summer camp for adults with physical disabilities. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, enthusiastic, responsible, and enjoy working with adults. Dates of camp are August 19-27, 2016. Salary, room and board, and a very personally rewarding experience! For information contact : Bay Cliff Health Camp at (906) 345-9314 or baycliff@baycliff.org, or visit us at www.baycliff.org or www.facebook.com/baycliff SUMMER CAMP EMPLOYMENT: COUNSELORS and ACTIVITY INSTRUCTORS are needed for summer camp for children with disabilities. Located on the shores of Lake Superior in Big Bay, MI. Must be enthusiastic, responsible, and love children. Camp dates are June 12 through August 7. Earlier start dates and later end dates are possible. Salary, room and board, and a wonderfully rewarding experience provided. For information contact: Bay Cliff Health Camp at (906) 345-9314 or baycliff@baycliff.org, or visit us at www.baycliff.org or www.facebook.com/baycliff T heres no denying the utter calamity, the sheer totality of the water crises the city of Flint is enduring. In a city where 40 percent of its residents live in poverty, Flint has suffered through a nightmare of epic proportions. The drinking water of many of its residents has been contami- nated with lead. Its a devastating tale normally reserved for third world countries. Yet, even with something as hor- rible as this, there sometimes comes a bit of good. Among the thousands of people who have donated money, purchased bottled water and volun- teered their time to help are scores of professional and collegiate athletes. Theres Brandon Carr, a Flint native and cornerback of the Dallas Cow- boys who gave $110,000 to Flint, with $100,000 of the money going to the Carr Cares Fund. Its his hope that fellow athletes will make charita- ble contributions to aid the fund and, in his words, do the right thing and support these kids. There are Detroit Pistons players, Reggie Jackson and Anthony Tolliver, who helped carry cartons of bottled water and huddled with National Guard members to discuss and act upon the situation. Theres Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, a Flint native, who pledged to raise $10 million, realizing that the crises will not be solved by govern- ment action alone. There are the 30-plus Michigan State student athletes, who distribut- ed cases upon cases of bottled water for three Saturdays in February to families all across the city. Keith Mumphery, an MSU alumnus and wide receiver for the Houston Tex- ans, joined in to help. After placing a case of water in the vehicles lined up to receive it, the athletes cheered in unison, Go Green! Go White! Alicia Evans, 23, a senior on the track and field team, summed up the effort. I grew up in Jamaica, so I have seen firsthand what people that don't have the proper resources go through, Evans said. I always saw my mom help people, and I want to do the same. I'm happy to help in any way that I can. Theres Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who assembled a group of teammates to help out. Haloti Ngata and four other Lions, along with Angelo Blackson of the Tennes- see Titans, stocked and transported more than 1,500 cases of water to the Flint Food Bank and other recreation centers. Ansah, a native of Ghana who witnessed poverty and dreadful irrigation conditions firsthand, do- nated 94,000 bottles of water. Coming from Africa, I know ex- actly what it means to not have clean water or to not have water at all, Ansah told the Detroit Free Press. For me to be in a position where me and my [teammates] can help out these fans down here is a great honor to us. And theres Justin Forsett, running back of the Baltimore Ravens, who assembled 22 NFL players to donate $100,000 worth of relief effort sup- plies. Theres more, but you get the pic- ture. In terrible situations like these, it's easy to cast blame, point fingers and further muddy the politically charged waters. That doesnt solve the problem. Helping hands solve problems. Thats why it has been inspiring to see so many people, including ath- letes, give their time and treasure to help mankind. For that, they havent gone unnoticed. Editor's note: LaJoie is a mem- ber of St. Paul Catholic Church in Negaunee. He welcomes reactions to his column at jlajoie@charter.net. Athletes score big in helping with Flint water crises FROM THE SIDELINES Jim LaJoie IN TERRIBLE SITUATIONS LIKE THESE, IT'S EASY TO CAST BLAME, POINT FINGERS AND FURTHER MUDDY THE POLITICALLY CHARGED WATERS. THAT DOESN'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM. Remember to pray for our clergy and religious

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