The citizens of Flint Michigan have been exposed to toxic levels of lead in their drinking water for two years. A few weeks ago, Michigan’s governor called in the National Guard to distribute bottled water and President Obama declared a federal state of emergency.
This week, Pearl Jam (the band, friends, and partners) donated $300 000 to the United way. They’re also calling on their fans to donate an additional $300 000 to the cause via a Crowdrise page. The donations are rolling in and the total is already well over $350 000.
From the Crowdrise Page:
“Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.”