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Cat Smith's Fundraiser:

Flint Water Crisis: Funds for United Way of Genesee County

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BENEFITING: UNITED WAY OF GENESEE COUNTY

EVENT DATE: May 26, 2016

Cat Smith

THE STORY:

In April 2014, the powers that be in Flint, Michigan began sourcing the city's water from the local Flint River as a way to cut costs. Traditionally, the city had garnered treated water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, which utilizes Lake Huron and the Detroit River as its primary sources of fresh water.  

The corrosive quality of the water in the Flint River caused lead in the city's aging pipes to leach into Flint's water supply; this contaminated both drinking and household water, creating a public health emergency of incredible proportions.

As of March 2016, over 26,000 children in a population of nearly 100,000 (of which kids under the age of 5 make up 8%) have been exposed to lead poisoning. The city lacks the necessary grocery stores, or private health works organizations to offer safe alternatives to the public water system. Lead poisoning has vast detrimental effects, especially on young children, pregnant mothers, and unborn/developing babies. Developmental delays brought on by exposure to lead can impact a growing child’s ability to focus, intake and retain information, cause communication deficits, effect impulse control, as well as increase hyperactivity, aggression, and the need for supervision by an adult for a prolonged amount of time. Babies in utero and very young children require only a small dose of lead to have significant, lifelong consequences.

100% of the proceeds of this fundraiser shall go to The United Way of Genesee County who are currently working to provide filtration systems, bottled water, and emergency services to those impacted by the water crisis.

More information can be ascertained at the following sites:

http://www.unitedwaygenesee.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=5

https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayGeneseeCounty/

http://www.savethechildren.org/atf/cf/{9def2ebe-10ae-432c-9bd0-df91d2eba74a}/FLINT LEAD POISONING EMERGENCY FACT SHEET UPDATE-APRIL 7 2016.PDF

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/11/health/toxic-tap-water-flint-michigan/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/04/us/flint-water-crisis-fast-facts/

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To This Fundraiser

$300

MONEY RAISED
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  • Cat Smith

    $50

  • Dave O'Neil

    $25

  • The Flaggs

    $100

  • Rick Mashon

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

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The Team: $300 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Rick Mashon

Rick Mashon

DONATION: $100

Happy Birthday, Cat. 1 year ago

The Flaggs

The Flaggs

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Dave O'Neil

Dave O'Neil

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Cat Smith

Cat Smith

DONATION: $50

1 year ago