Pearl Jam, Cher, Meek Mill And Big Sean Donate Funds To Flint Water Crisis
The water in Flint, Michigan gradually became contaminated with lead when the city switched from the Detroit municipal system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save the already struggling city some money. The water was not properly treated to keep lead from pipes from contaminating the supply. As a result, many Flint children’s blood has tested positive for lead, which is a highly potent neurotoxin linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ and behavioral problems. The story has since broken and the country is waking up, trying to find ways to help.
On Friday, the popular 90s band Pearl Jam announced they would be donating $300,000 to the Flint water crisis, specifically United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund. The fund is on Crowdwise and they are encouraging all to donate.
Meek Mill made a donation to the Flint Child and Family Health Development Fund and sent 60,000 bottles of water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Cher teamed up with the water company Icelandic Glacial and sent the food bank an additional 181,440 bottles of water on Wednesday.
Meek Mill, who grew up near Flint, Michigan in Detroit was quoted saying:
“I am devastated by the water crisis that has put the entire city of Flint in a state of emergency. It is my hope that we can help by raising the money needed to ensure that the children who have been hit the hardest receive the care that they need today and well into the future.”
It is heartening to see so many high profile names taking notice and care to help curtail this national health crisis.