Bring Safe Water to Flint

$2,395 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 38 months
The people of Flint, Michigan have been poisoned by the presence of lead and other toxins in their water supply for the last 18 months. They desperately need access to clean water to try to prevent more damage, and I'm  asking you to help.

"Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development."Mayo Clinic  

Read that paragraph again, and imagine what would happen to a city that spent 18 months drinking lead-contaminated water.

Imagine the damage done to thousands of children - damage that started with the first glass and continued for a large percentage of their life.

It's a idea out of a terrorist's dreams or a Hollywood movie. Tragically, it is also what has happened to the 100,000 residents of Flint, Michigan.

From April 2014 until October 2015 - a period of 18 months - the city of Flint was provided with water that was contaminated by lead and other toxins.

How bad was the water? The General Motors plant in Flint stopped using it for production in October 2014, because it was corroding metal parts. Yet the citizens of Flint, including thousands of children, were still using it for another year.

Even now, three months after Flint was finally switched back to a safe water supply, the crisis is only beginning. Every foot of piping used to deliver water has been contaminated, including the plumbing in every home.

This is a disaster that will take billions of dollars and many years to fix, but the people of Flint can not wait. They need safe water now, and so do their children.

That's a staggering amount of water. In one day, the citizens of Flint need over 800,000 eight-ounce bottles of clean water. Filters can help reduce that number, but don't last long because of the heavy contamination.

So I'm asking people to come together and make a donation. Every cent this fund collects will be used to get bottled water, filtration kits and replacement filters to the people of Flint. 

Damage has already been done, but every day makes it worse. Imagine if this was your family - your children.

If you still aren't sure, I ask you to look at the photograph at the top of this page. That's not the run-off waste water from a toxic dump, nor is it the water supply from a long-abandoned building.

That's an ordinary sink at a busy hospital in Flint, distributing the water that was used to treat patients and save lives. 

I'm asking for donations so that people can stay alive, and their children get a fair chance in life.

Please do what you can.
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We made our first donation today - $2,000 to the Flint Water Fund. That's enough to buy 16,000 20-ounce bottles of water - two months of clean drinking water for a family of four.

From here on in, all the money we raise will go to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's Flint Child Health & Development Fund. That fund will help Dr. Hanna-Attisha's tireless efforts to provide the best possible treatment for the children of Flint who have been poisoned over the last two years.
$2,000 donation to the Flint Water Fund.
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On Monday, we'll be donating $2,000 to the United Way's Flint Water Fund, which is using every penny to provide clean water for people who need it.

We're not stopping on Monday, though. The fundraiser is going to run through February 29th, and everything we have in the account on that date will be donated to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

“If there was ever a time to invest in our children, it is now. Our Flint children deserve every opportunity to be healthy and successful. The creation of this Fund will further ensure that our children are afforded the resources and interventions to overcome this population-wide exposure to lead.” - Dr. Hanna-Atisha.

If you've given once, thank you. If you can find a way to donate between now and Leap Day, that would also be wonderful. Even if you just spread the message, it would be a huge help.

The Flint story isn't going away, and Dr. Hanna-Atisha's plan is the best chance that the affected children have for quality, focused long-term medical care and therapy. That's something that many of them will need for life.
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We're at $2,235. That will buy almost 20,000 bottles of water, or hundreds of filtration kits.

That's literally a drop in the bucket, and it won't do anything to undo the damage that's already been done to children exposed to lead.

But every bottle and every filter means a little less poison being ingested by one more person. That's not nothing.

Also, we were one of the first Flint pages on GoFundMe - long before they had an organized campaign or a $10,000 prize - and there are now almost 100 campaigns that have raised over $350K. Everyone who has shared the information about this campaign helped a little in getting that started.

Flint needs a lot, and we can't give them justice, but we can do a little bit to give a few people better water to drink. I'm proud to do that.
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We just hit $2000! Let's see if we can make $2500 by Friday's deadline!
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$2,395 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 38 months
Created January 20, 2016
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Jason Hatter
37 months ago

Druids for Flint

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J. Michael Rembor
38 months ago

Michigan needs an Emergency Manager

Karen Page
38 months ago

Gotta help my fellow Michiganders out...please pray for the good people of Flint!

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