Dowagiac collecting water for Flint during Ice Time Festival

Not everything at Saturday’s Ice Time will be frozen.

Host of the 20th annual winter arts festival, the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce, has joined the ranks of other organizations collecting bottled water for Flint.

Jim Frazier, owner of Vincent J. Jewelers and member of the Chamber Board of Directors, is coordinating the new effort. He said a collection point will be manned at Saturday’s festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. within the parking lot of the James E. Snow Professional Building at Front & Main.

Donations will continue to be taken by the Chamber after Saturday’s on-site drive. “This is another shining example of how Dowagiac comes together to help,” said Kim MacGregor, Chamber president. “As Jim was planning this event for the Chamber, he came across other businesses that were planning to do the same thing. As such, we all decided to combine efforts. I am very proud of this community and how generous the people are.”

Businesses that have joined the effort include: C. Wimberley Auto Mall, Chemical Bank, Creative Vinyl Signs, Dowagiac IT3, the Edward Jones office of Kim MacGregor, Judd Lumber Co. & Rental, City manager Kevin Anderson, Chamber & DDA program director Vickie Phillipson and Vincent J. Jewelers.

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