Cher donates 180,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan
Residents of Flint, Michigan have been drinking water contaminated with lead since 2014 and Cher, 69, is stepping up to make sure the town’s 100,000 residents have access to clean water.
The singer teamed up with Icelandic Glacial to donate 181,440 bottles of water to the city. Cher said in a statement: “This is a tragedy of staggering proportion and shocking that it’s happening in the middle of our country. I am so grateful that Icelandic Glacial has come on-board to help the city of Flint. I cannot wait for the water to get there to help these people who have been poisoned because the water they’ve been getting out of their taps has been polluted for so long and remains that way without the state or federal government stepping in with any substantial plan to resolve this problem.”
- After residents drink the water, empty bottles will be recycled and the proceeds will be donated to local food banks. Flint’s drinking water became contaminated in 2014 after the city switched its supply source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in an effort to save money. Lead causes brain damage and other health problems in children, and many residents are showing elevated levels of lead in their blood.
- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency on January 5th and on January 16th, President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency, freeing up $5 million in aid
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