Ole Miss holds bottled water drive to help Jackson, Miss. with water problems

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One hundred and fifty thousand people are still struggling without clean drinking water in Jackson, Mississippi.

Their neighbors in the Magnolia State are doing what they can to help.

Ole Miss Athletics is trying to help with their own water drive.

If you didn’t get a chance to donate today at the Tad Smith Coliseum, you still have a chance to help out.

The bottled water drive runs from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Graduate student Jayda Eckford of Texas was the first to show up with a donation.

“I feel really bad for them. I can’t imagine it just because they don’t have water. It’s a necessity in life. You need to drink and to wash stuff and just to do anything,” Eckford said.  

Student Olivia Womack donated as well. For her, it hits too close to home.

“I am from the Jackson area, and to hear that they don’t have water, it makes me sad. That is why we are out here trying to donate water,” Womack said.

Donte Ferrell with the Ole Miss Athletic Department spoke about why the drive was put together.

“The ultimate hope is that the city of Jackson would understand that the department of Athletics at Ole Miss is here to lend a helping hand.”

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