Friday, January 22, 2016

The Flint Water Crisis: How can you help?

Since April 2014, the residents of Flint, MI have been immersed in a very serious and frightening crisis. Amid a financial emergency, city officials decided to switch the city's main water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. From the start, this river had been known for its filth. Shortly after the change, residents began noticing a terrible odor, look and smell to their drinking water. It turns out, researchers determined the water to be highly corrosive and dangerous. There have been proven elevated levels of lead in the water. Unfortunately, many children have been affected by the lead tainted water and that exposure has irreversible effects for the long term.

Luckily, there is one major charity that is directly helping to aid the city of Flint during this time of need. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is now accepting donations that will go directly towards supporting residents of Flint, whether it be with bottled water, water filters or replacement filters. As always, perform your due diligence before donating to any given charity. Here at Charity Navigator, we want donors to be well informed of where to turn to during any time of crisis. We wish the residents of Flint well and can only hope a solution is found as soon as possible.

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