Berks Gas Truth takes a localStand at Kutztown farmer's market

Submitted by Karen Feridun Berks Gas Truth takes a localStand at Renninger's FarmerŪs Market in Kutztown on Aug. 10.

People across the state are taking a localSTAND to help fellow Pennsylvanians whose water has been contaminated by natural gas drilling.

On Saturday, members of Berks Gas Truth, the organization leading the campaign, held a bake sale at Renningerís Farmerís Market in Kutztown to raise funds to purchase clean water for families in the drilling region who need to fill water tanks, also called water buffaloes, each week with non-potable water for bathing and household use and rely on bottled water for drinking and cooking.

Several non-profits and community groups have been delivering water since wells started going bad. All of the proceeds of the localSTAND campaign events around the state are going to support those groups.

The idea of the localSTAND campaign is to allow hosts to come up with their own fundraising event. In Dickson City, one host is selling off the inventory of her store at a flea market one weekend and a church festival the next. In Franklin County, hosts are planning a 5k Dog Walk and a water drive where donors will drop off one-gallon jugs of water. More bake sales are planned in Berks and Columbia Counties. The owner of Whirled Peace Yogurt shops in Paoli and Manayunk has placed donation jars at both locations.

Anyone interested in supporting the cause can visit Bettyís in Kutztown where theyíll be a localSTAND donation jar or visit bit.ly/localSTAND to find out how to donate online. Anyone interested in placing a donation jar in an area business or hosting a localSTAND event should contact Karen Feridun at berksgastruth@gmail.com.