The fever pitch of the Flint, MI water crisis has resulted in many people, organizations and celebrities sending bottled water to the city whose water has proven so toxic, residents literally have lead in their blood.
Christopher Rosa of Vh1 reports:
“Researchers at Virginia Tech determined the water from the Flint River was “highly corrosive,” and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality didn’t do anything about it. The poisonous elements have since seeped into the water in homes all across the city, meaning young children have been drinking it for months.”
Celebrities sending water to Flint include rapper Meek Mill, who sent 60,000 bottles to Flint and made a donation, challenging fellow rapper 50 Cent to match his contribution. Music mogul Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and rapper/actor Mark Whalberg, who are co-owners of AQUAhydrate, have pledged to send one million bottles of water to Flint. Rappers Eminem and Wiz Khalifa have partnered with AQUAhydrate to send donations to Flint.
Cher and Icelandic Glacial have partnered to send 181,440 bottles of water to Flint by Wednesday. Governor Rick Synder and President Barack Obama have declared a state of emergency. It is being reported that Flint water is not even safe to bathe newborns in it. Filmmaker Michael Moore, who is a native of Flint, has started a petition calling for Gov. Snyder’s arrest over the water crisis.
Detroit native and R&B crooner Kem has teamed up with the Salvation Army to help. The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon donated $10,000, superstar Madonna matched Fallon’s donation and Pearl Jam donated $300,000.
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