Torrington man leads effort to bring fresh water to Flint, Michigan

(WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Inside a Hartford loading dock where most would see nothing but pallets of water, Ken Hinson of Torrington sees individual containers of bottled hope.

“It’s a movement,” said Hinson.

Ken works as a utility operator for the MDC water company, but in recent days he’s undergone a transformation that has him acting more like a non-profit executive.

“Due to the fact I work for a water company, you know, I knew there was something I could do out there,” said Hinson.

A journey for him that began, as he put it, only a month or so back when he was watching the news about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

“I wanted to see first hand for myself,” said Hinson.

What he did a short time later was book a plane for him and his girlfriend and the rest as they say is history.

“The water didn’t look well at all,” said Hinson. “I was seeing people pull over with trucks grabbing water from the distribution centers.”

They left with connections and the idea of coming back again with fresh water to give away. What will be different the next time they venture out west, however, is they’ll have volunteers, lots of water, and a little horsepower.

“He (Ken) didn’t just get this heart he’s always had it,” said Toni Morgan, a volunteer who also is in the same motorcycle club as Ken.

Morgan’s group is one of many organizations from Connecticut that are also lending a helping hand.

“Once we get there, we’re loading the water cases of water door to door,” said Morgan.

Even the water company got in on the action, donating an entire area for Ken to use as storage for the water.

The plan for now, Ken says, is to collect donations through April and then at the end of the month, load up some trucks, and drive to Flint, where they’ll be able to make a life sustaining delivery that started off in Connecticut.

Ken nor his volunteers are apart of a registered non-profit.

Hinson says they’ve collected so far around 3,000 cases of water. He and his volunteers will be hitting the road on April 29.

The following locations are places Hinson says people can drop off bottled water;

Enfield Motorsports, Enfield
Gengras Harley Davidson, East Hartford
TSI Harley Davidson, Ellington
Mickey Finns Honda, Berlin

Those interested in volunteering can email Hinson at capitolcityryders@gmail.com.

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