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FRONTLINES Windsor Business Owner Pays It Forward To Flint A Windsor business owner has schools and private individuals. pitched in to help residents of Flint “When you have to commute with their tainted water crisis by to a laundromat or visit relatives offering his fashion business on outside Flint to do your laundry Howard Avenue as the official or take a shower, it makes even the drop-off spot for bottles of water. most mundane tasks that much Carlos Puckerin, who owns more time-consuming,” states Exclusive Fashions in the Devon Puckerin. “It changes your entire Plaza at 2639 Howard Avenue, daily existence.” collected more than 100,000 He continues by saying, bottles of water in a six-week “If nothing else, this terrible period beginning at the end of crisis has made people even more January. cognizant of the need to conserve “We believe strongly at water and that we can’t ever take Exclusive Fashions that fresh it for granted. It’s like putting water is a basic human right, a Band-Aid on a bullet wound which everyone should enjoy at the moment, and the focus access to,” says Puckerin. “After Ellis Ricketts, employee, left, and owner Carlos Puckerin of Windsor’s Exclusive Fashions, now should be on making sure prepare another load of bottled water for delivery to residents of Flint, Michigan. seeing the brown sludgy water Photo by Dave Hall. this never ever happens again pouring out of people’s taps to another community and the — water that is completely unusable for Puckerin decided to step up and volunteer people who live there.” consumption, bathing or even washing his business. For those wishing to help, bottled water clothes — we decided to do something In the first month, Puckerin, a Detroit or cash donations can be dropped off at about it.” native who carries both U.S. and Canadian Exclusive Fashions. After realizing there were no droppassports, collected 10,000 bottles and the For further information, and information off points in Windsor for those wishing water has kept pouring in. on their “gofundmepage” visit his website: to help their Michigan neighbours, Donations have come in from businesses, TheRealExclusive.com/water-challenge.

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