The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has produced some of the saddest and most shameful news to emerge this year. In short, several colossal missteps on the part of public officials led to children and other residents falling ill after drinking water that was contaminated with lead. The city of 100,000 people has no safe drinking water, but they’re getting help from an unexpected place.
Cher is donating more than 180,000 bottles of water to help ease Flint’s crisis (which still has much work to go). She reached out to bottled-water company Icelandic Glacial with a plan to purchase water for Flint residents. The company agreed and doubled her purchase.
The “Believe” singer expressed her feelings about the situation in a press release:
This a tragedy of staggering proportion and shocking that it’s happening in the middle of our country. I am so grateful that Icelandic Glacial has come on board to help the city of Flint. I cannot wait for the water to get there to help these people who have been poisoned because the water they’ve been getting out of their taps has been polluted for so long and remains that way without the state or the federal government stepping in with any substantial plan to resolve this problem.”
Though the crisis isn’t likely to end until Flint finds a new water source, the move by Cher does provide a bit of relief for the ailing city.
(Via Addicting Info)