State senators unite for bottled water drive

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WICHITA, Kan. - Call it a bi-partisan good deed.

State Senators Oletha Faust-Goudeau and Michael O'Donnell came out to Riverfest to accept bottled water donations for the city's homeless population.

The drive was held during Monday's Golden World concert. Donors dropped off cases of bottled water and even cash donations at the Waterwalk Pavilion.

Hall's Culligan and Phoenix Home Care already donated 1-thousand water bottles to kick-start the drive.

Both senators agree this is a good way to work together, and support a good cause at the same time.

"Issues like this don't have a political party or label," said Senator O'Donnell. "We just need to work together for the betterment of everyone in Wichita. And when the homeless population is served by having an essential like water, we're all better for it as a community."

"I said, hey, I want to be a part of this," Senator Faust-Goudeau said. "I've always advocated for those who were down on their luck and this is just another way to help those people."

The bottled water collected today will be distributed throughout the summer by charities serving Wichita's homeless population.

This is actually the second time in the last several month that Senators Faust-Goudeau and O'donnell have united on a community drive. Last December, they distributed more than 600 gallons of milk at three local Wal-Mart stores.


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