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RVA FLINT: #SaveFlintChallenge

$32,804 of $34,000 goal

Raised by 956 people in 5 months
FLINT SHOULD HAVE SAFE, CLEAN DRINKING WATER BY NOW!!!!

Hello my name is Lance Cooper and I'm an activist/community leader located in Richmond, Virginia. The #RVAFlint campaign was created because I want to help the residents of Flint. The mission is to get my city and the world, actively involved in supplying the residents of Flint, Michigan with clean drinking water as a result of the contamination, and keep the world aware of this ongoing crisis. I'm launching the #SaveFlintChallenge and calling on others to start a GoFundMe or fundraiser in their neighborhoods to get more bottled water to Flint, Michigan. Hopefully the GoFundMe community will answer the call.

Accept the challenge. Help us save Flint.

Check out some familiar names who support our #SaveFlintChallenge GoFundMe campaign: Ben Stiller, Eric Lange, Monica Lewinsky, DL Hughley, Alyssa Milano, Chelsea Clinton, Paris Jackson, Don Cheadle, Chelsea Handler, Rosanna Arquette, David Arquette, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, David Hogg, Deepak Chopra, Jon Cooper, Scott Dworkin.


Rewind


Flint's water crisis began in 2014 when the drinking water source for the city of Flint, Michigan was changed from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the cheaper Flint River. The decision to switch the city of Flint’s drinking water source to the Flint River was pegged as a cost-cutting maneuver aimed at saving $5M over a two-year period.

This community malpractice resulted in lead contamination in Flint's water, which poisoned tens of thousands of innocent people in this community.

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Researchers studying Flint lead water crisis found a decrease in pregnancies, and an increase in fetal deaths among Flint women. Fertility rates dropped by 12% while fetal deaths rose by 58%.

The water change is also responsible for an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the county that has killed 12 people and affected another 77.

Related Article: Flint Water Crisis Deaths Likely Surpass Official Toll. https://t.co/ptzrVbLrr6

Related Article: Let Flint serve as a warning: Congress must to do more to improve the nation’s infrastructure. https://t.co/egsbJMMzD1

Related Article: Internal watchdog blasts EPA's response to Flint water crisis in blistering report https://t.co/brRiCyGSbR 

Related Article: In Flint, Michigan, there's so much lead in children's blood that a state of emergency is declared. https://t.co/tkrsEZrXo0

Related Article: Flint water prosecutor amends charges against two state officials. https://t.co/j4XnzuUBIa

April 6th Gov. Rick Snyder announced the end of a free bottled water program in Flint, citing the water quality was acceptable, but that isn't the truth. The residents of Flint STILL don't have access to clean drinking water, unless someone in the community like Little Miss Flint or Pastor Rob, provides it for them. Further investigation reveals the replacement of all the lead pipes necessary to provide clean water to Flint residents, won't be completed until 2020.

Others Making A Difference In Flint

30869074_1530060843387698_r.jpegJustin and Jayson Ruffin
in Indianapolis accepted the #SaveFlintChallenge.

Little Miss Flint: https://www.shondaland.com/inspire/a19485789/getting-to-work-with-little-miss-flint/

Pastor Rob:  https://chognews.org/2018/05/31/michigan-church-courageously-combats-flint-water-crisis/  

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Fast Forward

This is where #RVAFlint comes in. Our mission is simple, we're fundraising to provide clean drinking water for the residents of Flint. If we reach our goal this campaign will transform into a water relief mission to assist other areas with providing clean water.

How the funds will be used 

All funds will be personally withdrawn from our secured account, and 100% of every donation you provide will be invested in maintaining this #SaveFlintChallenge campaign, and used to purchase bottled water from outlets we've chosen such as, Meijer Grocery Store, CleanItSupply.com, Sam's Club, etc. & shipped directly to Flint, Michigan. Securing trucks is our most complicated task. As mentioned in our very first campaign update our bulk bottled water pallet cost is roughly 278.00 per pallet (54 cases per pallet, 35 bottles per case) including delivery. We will also be making donations to other water distribution organizations serving Flint, and assisting random residents. The ultimate goal is to raise $50,000 and provide over 250,000 bottles of water to Flint residents.

West Court Street Church of God in Flint, Michigan will be one of several drop off destinations selected. If you are in the Richmond, Virginia area and want to directly donate cases of water please send me a direct message.

Campaign Results 

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October 23rd: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated $1,951.48 to assist West Court Street Church of God with their water distribution program for November.

August 18th: 78,500 bottles of water. 389 families served, all distributed in Flint, Michigan. The line was wrapped around the block, but we had a great team and helped some great people. Thank you to everyone supporting our #SaveFlintChallenge.

August 12th: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated to Little Miss Flint & PYB Water Drive.

"Every human being deserves clean drinking water."


News Links

http://wtvr.com/2018/02/25/black-panther-challenge-free-tickets-for-kids-richmond/

http://www.wric.com/news/black-panther-challenge-makes-its-way-to-richmond_20180326073023280/1078237610 


For the latest updates and activity, connect with me on social media.

Twitter:
@escapedmatrix

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/RVAstreetmedia

Donate. Tweet. Tag. Like. Share. Together we can all help make a difference in Flint.

Thank you,

Lance (Campaign Organizer)

#RVAFLINT #SaveFlintChallenge #FlintWaterCrisis #DontForgetFlint 

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Flint still doesn't have clean water.
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WE NEED YOU: Thanks to some amazing people all over the world, we are now only $1,852 away from reaching our Save Flint Challenge Christmas goal. 

Help us get more clean water to Flint residents. If anyone reading this can help us reach our goal today, please donate or share this campaign. We can do this!

Sincerely, 
Lance
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ALMOST AT THE GOAL: Thanks to some amazing people all over the world, we are now only $1,942 away from reaching our Save Flint Challenge Christmas goal.

Help us get more clean water to Flint residents. If anyone reading this can help us reach our goal today, please donate or share this campaign. We can do this!

Sincerely,
Lance
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WE CAN DO THIS TODAY!

Thanks to Ben Stiller and other amazing people from all over the world, we're only $2,505 away from our Save Flint Challenge Christmas goal.

This Sunday I'm praying we can crush the goal. Please keep donating and sharing our campaign. Together we are making this happen.

Thank you,
Lance
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WE CAN DO THIS! DONATE TODAY.

Thanks to amazing people from all over the world, we are now only $2,900 away from reaching our final Save Flint Challenge goal.

Help us get more clean water to Flint residents for the Holiday season. Please consider donating and sharing this campaign.

Sincerely,
Lance
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