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RVA FLINT: #SaveFlintChallenge

$27,180 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 786 people in 3 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: 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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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:
@StreetMedia804

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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NEW GOAL: DONATE AND HELP US CROSS THE FINISH LINE!

Due to a high volume of sources reaching out to us for additional help, we decided to increase our #SaveFlintChallenge goal. Please donate any amount you can today, and help us help more people. We need your support!

"Every human being deserves clean drinking water."

Thanks for accepting the #SaveFlintChallenge 

Thank you, 
Lance
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NEW GOAL: PLEASE KEEP DONATING. FLINT STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP!

The weekly water distribution at West Court Street Church of God has been called off for this weekend -- and possibly forever.

The church has been relying on private donations to fund the giveaways after Gov. Rick Snyder ended state-funded bottled water distribution to Flint residents.

West Court Street Church of God at the corner of Court Street and Beecher Road was one of the last four PODs sites. However, the church's funding to buy bottled water has run dry.

If more funding comes in, church officials say the water distributions will resume. But as of Wednesday, the giveaway on Sept. 22 and all future giveaways are on hold.

The church already had to cancel its Sept. 1 water distribution due to an issue with the supplier. Distributions continued on Sept. 8 and 15 before Wednesday's decision to close.

More than 400 families a week often rely on the free water. Senior Pastor Rob Butler said the church spent about $900 to $1,000 a week buying the water. (source: WJRT)

Our mission is far from over. Please match your previous donation or donate whatever you can.

Thanks,
Lance
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PLEASE KEEP DONATING. FLINT STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP!

FLINT (9/19/2018) - The weekly water distribution at West Court Street Church of God has been called off for this weekend -- and possibly forever.

The church has been relying on private donations to fund the giveaways after Gov. Rick Snyder ended state-funded bottled water distribution to Flint residents.

West Court Street Church of God at the corner of Court Street and Beecher Road was one of the last four PODs sites. However, the church's funding to buy bottled water has run dry.

If more funding comes in, church officials say the water distributions will resume. But as of Wednesday, the giveaway on Sept. 22 and all future giveaways are on hold.

The church already had to cancel its Sept. 1 water distribution due to an issue with the supplier. Distributions continued on Sept. 8 and 15 before Wednesday's decision to close.

More than 400 families a week often rely on the free water. Senior Pastor Rob Butler said the church spent about $900 to $1,000 a week buying the water. (source: WJRT)

Our mission is far from over. Please match your previous donation or donate whatever you can.

Thanks,
Lance
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WEST COURT STREET CHURCH OF GOD NEEDS EMERGENCY HELP.

FLINT (9/19/2018) - The weekly water distribution at West Court Street Church of God has been called off for this weekend -- and possibly forever.

The church has been relying on private donations to fund the giveaways after Gov. Rick Snyder ended state-funded bottled water distribution to Flint residents.

West Court Street Church of God at the corner of Court Street and Beecher Road was one of the last four PODs sites. However, the church's funding to buy bottled water has run dry.

If more funding comes in, church officials say the water distributions will resume. But as of Wednesday, the giveaway on Sept. 22 and all future giveaways are on hold.

The church already had to cancel its Sept. 1 water distribution due to an issue with the supplier. Distributions continued on Sept. 8 and 15 before Wednesday's decision to close.

More than 400 families a week often rely on the free water. Senior Pastor Rob Butler said the church spent about $900 to $1,000 a week buying the water. (source: WJRT)

We must help West Court Church of God. Please donate.

#WestCourtWater #FlintWaterCrisis
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