AMES, Iowa -- Eleven semi-trailers of drinking water rolled out the lots around Hilton Coliseum, heading to Flint, Michigan, thanks to Iowa State's number 11.
Cyclone basketball star Monte Morris grew up in Flint, where lead pipes are contaminating the city's water supply to make it unusable for residents.
Hy-Vee's CEO saw Channel 13’s interview with Morris last week on how he wanted to help people in his hometown and wanted to step in.
“Really, we have to thank Monte for the 11 semi trailers you see here filled water because he’s building awareness for what’s going on in his community,” said Tara Deering-Hansen, of Hy-Vee. “Over the past couple of days, we’ve worked with our distribution center to get the water, to pull some of our trucks off the road, so they can make the trip up to Flint, Michigan.”
Morris thanked Hy-Vee and Iowa State.
"It just shows the support that Iowa State, Ames and the whole state of Iowa has for myself and whoever on our team,”Morris said. “That brought tears to my eyes when I heard they were doing. I try to do my best to give back. That interview I did came from the heart."
Morris said he wished he could ride along in the trucks to hand out the water himself. He did say his mom would be in Flint to meet the trucks from Hy-Vee on Friday.