Jaden Smith is helping the people of Flint, Michigan receive access to clean water via a new filtration system.
NBC reports the Karate Kid actor unveiled the portable water system Sunday morning at First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, where he and his mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, shared a few words with the congregation.
“I’m really excited. Love Flint!” he said. “I’m so excited for the water bottles.”
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver praised the Smith family for looking out for the city since the declaration of the State of Emergency in 2016.
“I remember when I met Jada Pinkett Smith and she said, ‘We are not going to forget about Flint.’ That was right after we declared the emergency,” said Weaver. “And they haven’t.”First Trinity worked on the project with Jaden’s 501CTHREE organization as well as others, including The Last Kilometer, Rethink H2O and Black Millennials for Flint.
Rev. Ezra Tillman, pastor of First Trinity, said the partnership will also help to unite the city.
“This particular water solution now opens a whole other level of us trying to reach the community, because now we don’t have an excuse to turn people away.”
Jaron Rothkop, president of The Last Kilometer, spoke of how the new system will be far more effective than donations in the long run.
“Instead of the first thing they think of is how do we get truckloads of water donated that we can hand out,” he said. “That may be a temporary measure, but they think: how do we get a Water Box and solve the problem ourselves and test the water ourselves.”
Jada said she would foot the bill for a second filtration system to be built. 501CTHREE will also cover any expenses that the church incurs because of water distribution, including utility and maintenance costs. First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church will dispense water from The Water Box on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. People are asked to bring their own clean jugs.