FLINT – Flint’s family-owned distributor John P. O’Sullivan Distributing Inc. Friday (Oct. 23, 2015) delivered more than 80 cases of bottled water to Durant-Tuuri-Mott to help provide the elementary school’s 700-plus students with safe, clean drinking water. Like the rest of the City of Flint, DTM and its more than 700 elementary students are affected by the lead water crisis.
“John P. O’Sullivan has been serving the Flint community for generations and this water challenge hits home for many of our employees and virtually every single family and business we serve in the city,” said company Vice President Joanie O’Sullivan-Butler, pictured left, with employee Darren Martin greeting Durant-Tuuri-Mott Principal Shelly Umphrey. “Our company and employees want to give back to this community and provide some relief for the young children at DTM. We’re heartened to see so many other local businesses and individuals in our community open their arms during this crisis, and we want to do our small part to help.
” O’Sullivan Distributing delivered 168 cases of bottled water to DTM on Friday morning, with O’SullivanButler and employee Darren Martin, himself a Flint resident, making the delivery. The water is being stored at the school’s auditorium, where cases of donated bottled water from scores of businesses and individuals are stacked floor to ceiling. DTM goes through at least 700-plus bottles of water a day, or around 30 cases – an average of one bottle per student at the school. DTM estimates it has enough water to last several days. Flint’s recent switch from Flint River water to water supplied from Detroit is not expected to be complete until late October or early November.
The O’Sullivan family has operated the distributorship, which delivers beer and non-alcoholic beverages, in the Flint area since 1976. With more than 100 employees and state-of-the-art operational systems, O'Sullivan Distributing navigates 20 delivery routes per day, servicing over 1,700 stores, bars and restaurants throughout Genesee and six other surrounding counties.
(Photo below: John P. O’Sullivan Distributing Inc. today, Oct. 23, 2015, donated 168 cases of bottled water to Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School. O’Sullivan employee Darren Martin has worked at John P. O’Sullivan Distributing since 1989. He lives in Flint and he and his family are affected by the water crisis.)