Livonia teen raises money for victims of Midland floods

Metro Detroit residents helping Midland residents despite threat of coronavirus

Livonia teen raises money for victims of Midland floods
Livonia teen raises money for victims of Midland floods

LIVONIA, Mich. – A teenager from Livonia said she knew she had to do something when she saw the devastation caused by the floods in Midland County.

When Caitlin Jodway was a junior in high school, she organized a swimathon for a friend with muscular dystrophy and a hundred swimmers participated. The $26,000 raised was spent to buy a wheelchair accessible van. After the dam failures, she got back to work.

She said she feared for her grandmother, who lives alone in the area.

“My grandmother lives on Wixom Lake,” Jodway said. “She lives a little higher on the hill.”

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Thankfully, the home wasn’t destroyed but the Livonia family knew they wouldn’t be spending the Memorial Day Weekend there. Her grandmother was brought back to Metro Detroit, but Jodway said she couldn’t stop thinking about the families who lost everything, so she turned to social media where she found people willing to donate food and supplies.

Two Men and a Truck offered to drive the donations up to Midland and on Sunday, families lined up to drop off supplies to be taken north Tuesday. They will be dropped off at an area high school and be distributed by the United Way.

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Priya joined WDIV-Local 4 in 2013 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Education: B.A. in Communications/Post Grad in Advanced Journalism

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