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Celebrities Aid in Flint Water Crisis

By Julie Fink
Posted On Jan 26, 2016
Celebrities Aid in Flint Water Crisis

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 10.00.32 AMThings have gone from bad to worse in Flint, Michigan as the local water crisis has escalated into a state of emergency declared by President Obama just last week.  For over a year, residents of Flint have been exposed to lead poisoning in their water supply, causing 10 deaths in the area and others were left with brain damage. The Red Cross, FEMA, Homeland Security and the US Marshalls have stepped in to supply Flint with $5 million dollars of water … but it isn’t enough.

Celebs have really taken action to help the 99,000 folks of Flint, MI who are without clean drinking water.

  • Eminem, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Mark Wahlberg and Wiz Khalifa have partnered with AQUAhydrate, a California-based company, to donate 1 million bottles of water.

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  • Members of the hip-hop community, Meek Mill (donated 60,000 bottles) and Big Sean (pledged $10k), who is a Detroit native, have stepped forward to support Flint residents.

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  • Late Night host, Jimmy Fallon, stepped up with a $10K donation to the relief effort.

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  • Pearl Jam went big with a $125,000 donation to the United Way of Genesee County, which includes Flint AND started a CrowdRise Funding page with raised over $35K!
  • Jack White, lead singer of The White Stripes followed Pearl Jam’s lead with a CrowdRise page which has received $10K in donations to Flint residents.
  • Cher has donated 180,000 bottles in just this last week.
  • These Detroit Lions have showed their city some love with donations: Ezekiel Ansah, Haloti Ngata, Darryl Tapp, Gabe Wright, Jason Jones and Joique Bell

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Corporations are also on going full bottle … I mean throttle! … to help out the city of Flint.

  • Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestle and PepsiCo just announce today they are collectively donating about 176 truckloads of water to help people affected by the water crisis in Flint.
  • According to the Detroit Free Press, the donations of Walmart, Coco-Cola, Nestle and PepsiCo includes providing up to 6.5 million bottles of water for more than 10,000 Flint students through Dec. 31, according to company officials.
  • To date, Walmart has already donated 14 trucks of water, or 504,000 bottles, and 1,792 water filters to the Flint community since July 2015!
  • AT&T has made contribution of $50,000 to support response efforts of the Community Foundation of Flint and the Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

And a BIG honorable mention to actor Matt Damon who co-founded Water.org, a charity dedicated to providing underdeveloped countries with clean drinking water. Damon speaks openly and honestly about his concerns for the leadership in Flint that have put this city in ruin.

At the very least he should resign! At the very least,” Damon said of Governor Rick Snyder. “Listen, everybody’s entitled to a fair trial in the United States of America. But that man should get one. And soon. That’s just my personal opinion.”

There are probably many, many, many more people that are stepping up to help their fellow Americans in their time of need. I’m just so happy to see that Hollywood, the NFL and Corporate America have used their platforms (and hefty budgets/salaries) to bring aid, support and action to the city of Flint, Michigan.

Suffice to say… Obama announced last week, he’d be giving $80 million to the city and Gov. Rick Snyder is to testify before Congress on February 3rd.