Pearl Jam Donates $300,000 to Flint Water Crisis Aid

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global CitizenPearl Jam has joined the many celebrities and artists to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The band, along with a "a close group of friends and partners," has pledged $300,000 to those affected by the crisis, and they are asking you to help match it via their CrowdRise page.

The money will be donated to The United Way of Genesee County's Flint Water Fund, which will help the "purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts." After the short-term needs of the residents of Flint are met, remaining funds will be donated to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund.

The residents of Flint, Michigan haven't had clean water to drink since 2014. In April of that year, the city started drawing its water from the Flint River, rather than from Detroit. The water has since been linked to a number of serious illnesses, and this past September, a group of doctors urged the city to stop using the Flint River after finding high levels of lead in the blood of children. Earlier this week, President Obama declared a federal emergency in the city.

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