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Original article URL: http://bridgemi.com/2016/08/faces-of-empathy-helping-flints-poisoned-children/
23 August 2016
An 89-year-old Michigan woman donates $20 a month “until she dies” to help Flint’s children. A 10-year-old California boy tells friends to bring Flint donations rather than gifts to his birthday party. From hard-core prisoners in Oregon to tap dancers in Ann Arbor, more than 15,000 people have opened their hearts and wallets to help people affected by the lead-poisoning crisis. What follows are portraits of a few who gave to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, operated by The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
(photo courtesy of MLive)
Davison, Mich., sixth-grader Claire Mattern was looking for a community project, and found it a few miles west in the children of Flint. “They’re in pain and are growing up in a rough city,” Claire said. “They deserve to grow up with a life full of opportunity. Not one where the water can hurt you.”
Claire designed a T-shirt, and planned to sell a few to neighbors and donate the profits to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, which supports the long-term needs of Flint children. Neighbors told other neighbors. Word spread on social media. Within weeks, Claire was getting T-shirt orders from strangers as far away as Alabama and Alaska. She has sold roughly 500 T-shirts at this website and donated about $2,000. “It was overwhelming,” Claire said, “but exciting at the end.”