“Thank you honey,” says an appreciative Virginia Inglot after Motown recording artist KEM helped her carry water and groceries to her car after stopping at the Salvation Army Flint Beecher Corps Community Center in Flint.
KEM was in the city Tuesday morning to announce his partnership with the Salvation Army and its text-to-give campaign effort where people are being asked to donate by texting “WATER” to 91999. He also gave a $10,000 donation.
“The water crisis in Flint has been so heavy on my heart,” KEM said in a news release. “Partnering with the Salvation Army and helping spread word about their text campaign is an effective way for me to lend support to their outreach efforts on a long-term basis.”
Sean Combs and Mark Wahlberg announced plans to lend support to Flint. The two are part owners of AQUAhydrate bottled water company, and they pledged to donate 1 million bottles to Flint residents. The company will deliver 5,000 cases of water to Flint and will continue to provide bottles to residents until the city’s water problems are solved, reported the Associated Press. Eminem and Wiz Khalifa are supporting the effort. Water is expected to be delivered Wednesday.
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is pitching in to help those affected by Flint’s water crisis.
Through the online fundraising website CrowdRise, Newmark’s craigconnects is pledging to match any $20 donation to any Flint campaign with a donation of 100 cases of water to the United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
“I want to put clean drinking water into the hands of every resident of Flint, Michigan,” said Newmark, who spent 10 years living in Michigan, in a statement Monday. “The situation is real bad and we need to get folks from across the US to support the people of Flint right now.”
On Sunday, “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon tweeted that he is donating $10,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and asked others to help.
“Happy Sunday!! I’m donating $10,000 to http://www.CFGF.org . How about 10 friends match me? #WaterForFlint,” Fallon tweeted on Sunday.
Other celebrities have enlisted their resources to help the city. Last week Detroit rapper Big Sean announced that his Sean Anderson Foundation would partner with actor Edward Norton via CrowdRise to launch the “#HealFlintKids” campaign, raising money for the Community Foundation of Greater Flint Michigan’s Flint Child Health & Development Fund. Jack White’s Third Man Records collected water to send to Flint residents, and Third Man launched an online fundraising drive through CrowdRise to raise money to benefit the United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund.
Cher has donated 200,000 bottles of water, and Pearl Jam announced that they would be donating $300,000 to the United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund and encouraged others to help through CrowdRise.