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Mt. Pleasant man's plan to help Flint 'evolved into humanitarian mission'

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Just call him Mr. Wright. His desire to help a community hundreds of miles from the Lowcountry attracted national attention. Now his Bottles for Flint campaign have earned him ABC News 4's Jefferson Awards nomination for February.

The plan was hatched much like a backyard football play -- from the dirt up.

"I went from a thought to a direct action all in 12 hours," said Johnny Wright, standing in a Mount Pleasant parking lot where his own water mission took root earlier this month.

"What started as a very small plan evolved into a humanitarian mission."

His one-man plan was simple: collect bottles of water for people in need in Flint, Michigan. But be needed community help to get the plan in motion.

"I knew in those four days overwhelmingly that Mount Pleasant is the place to live because of the response from the people," Wright said.

One case of water grew to four; a pallet turned into three; one bottle turned into thousands.

"I knew Wednesday that the people had graciously stepped up and it was time to fix my growing problem," he said.

Delivering on his intentional act of kindness meant a deviation to the plan.

"As I did the calculations based on the water, I had more water than truck," Wright said.

From a small U-Haul to a semi truck, Wright had the truck loaded and met it two days later in Flint.

"It was a feel good moment, but only temporary because their issues continued the day after I left," he said.

Wright not only delivered the water, he also was asked to deliver his story at a Flint church. Much to his surprise, he shared the stage that day with Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

"Crises happen every day. It could have been us. She thanked me for coming that far and having compassion for the people of Flint," Wright said of his meeting with Clinton.

But it is the people of the Lowcountry who Wright shares thanks. He grew up around the corner from the collection site.

From his roots in Mount Pleasant to an idea born of out service and nurtured in a dusty parking lot, Wright has the right stuff.

"It proved that one individual can impact a community, and even change the world, hearts and minds," he said.

ABC News 4 has committed to profile people in the Lowcountry who go above and beyond by giving their time and talents to help the people around them. It's all part of our partnership with the Jefferson Awards, a national organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating those who serve and lead.

If you would like to share someone's story of volunteerism who needs to be recognized, click here.Just call him Mr. Wright. His desire to help a community hundreds of miles from the Lowcountry attracted national attention. Now his Bottles for Flint campaign have earned him ABC News 4's Jefferson Awards nomination for February.

The plan was hatched much like a backyard football play -- from the dirt up.

"I went from a thought to a direct action all in 12 hours," said Johnny Wright, standing in a Mount Pleasant parking lot where his own water mission took root earlier this month.

"What started as a very small plan evolved into a humanitarian mission."

His one-man plan was simple: collect bottles of water for people in need in Flint, Michigan. But be needed community help to get the plan in motion.

"I knew in those four days overwhelmingly that Mount Pleasant is the place to live because of the response from the people," Wright said.

One case of water grew to four; a pallet turned into three; one bottle turned into thousands.

"I knew Wednesday that the people had graciously stepped up and it was time to fix my growing problem," he said.

Delivering on his intentional act of kindness meant a deviation to the plan.

"As I did the calculations based on the water, I had more water than truck," Wright said.

From a small U-Haul to a semi truck, Wright had the truck loaded and met it two days later in Flint.

"It was a feel good moment, but only temporary because their issues continued the day after I left," he said.

Wright not only delivered the water, he also was asked to deliver his story at a Flint church. Much to his surprise, he shared the stage that day with Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

"Crises happen every day. It could have been us. She thanked me for coming that far and having compassion for the people of Flint," Wright said of his meeting with Clinton.

But it is the people of the Lowcountry who Wright shares thanks. He grew up around the corner from the collection site.

From his roots in Mount Pleasant to an idea born of out service and nurtured in a dusty parking lot, Wright has the right stuff.

"It proved that one individual can impact a community, and even change the world, hearts and minds," he said.

ABC News 4 has committed to profile people in the Lowcountry who go above and beyond by giving their time and talents to help the people around them. It's all part of our partnership with the Jefferson Awards, a national organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating those who serve and lead.

If you would like to share someone's story of volunteerism who needs to be recognized, click here.

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