Pearl Jam and other artists have pledged a total of $300,000 for the families affected by the Flint water crisis in Michigan. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder already sought federal help from President Barack Obama, as HNGN previously reported.
The rock band donated $125,000, while their record company, Republic Records, raised a total of $175,000 together with other companies such as Ticketmaster, Live Nation, University Music Publishing Group, and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, according to Patch.
Pearl Jam has set up a Crowdrise page so their fans can also donate to the cause.
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) January 22, 2016
The money raised for the families in Flint will be used to fund water filters and bottled waters for the residents of the city. The rest of the money will be used for other emergency services in the city and the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, according to Pearl Jam's Crowdrise Page.
Big Sean also donated to the cause and started another crowdfunding campaign for the Flint water crisis.
#HealFlintKids https://t.co/hxBAM6L8FS — Big Sean (@BigSean) January 22, 2016
"Flint's children were hit the hardest and some have experienced permanent and potentially devastating health defects from lead poisoning," Big Sean highlighted on his Crowdrise Page.
"We know the needs of Flint children exposed to lead, particularly those most vulnerable - children ages 0-6 - are ongoing and long-term. You can be assured that your gift will be used for critical interventions today and well into the future," he added.
Filmmaker Michael Moore, who grew up in Flint, petitioned to President Obama and requested that the funds for the city should be raised. He tweeted on Friday that the petition was approved.
BREAKING: CBS announces Pres Obama has increased water aid to Flint from $5 million to $80 million. Thanks to all who've signed my petition.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 22, 2016
"CBS announces Pres Obama has increased water aid to Flint from $5 million to $80 million. Thanks to all who've signed my petition," Moore tweet said, according to NME.