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Cher, Lions player among those stepping up to help Flint water crisis. You can, too.

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Celebrities, a football team, a beer company and a religious organization are among those that have organized to have bottled water delivered to families in Flint, Mich.

The devastating water crisis there has appalled a nation incredulous that thousands of children would be exposed to lead in their tap water. The outcry has been heard far and wide, with people demanding to know where the bureaucratic breakdown occurred.

[Flint’s water crisis reveals government failures at every level]

But as interest groups and government officials seek answers, the people in Flint desperately need clean water to drink, to brush their teeth and to cook. Here is a list of some of the individuals and groups stepping up to help, and how you can, too:

Detroit Lions

Ezekiel Ansah, a defensive end for the football team, and other Lions teammates, personally delivered 94,000 bottles of water to Flint last week. (ESPN)

Pearl Jam

The rock band pledged $125,000 and collected $175,000 more to give the Flint community a total of $300,000. The money went to the United Way of Genesse County. (Detroit News)

Jimmy Fallon

“The Tonight Show” host took to Twitter announcing a $10,000 donation to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and urged his 34.6 million “friends” to join him.


The beer company, which brews Budweiser among other brands, is sending 2,156 cases of canned water to the city early next month. (WXYZ Detroit)


The pop icon singer sent 180,000 bottles of water to Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to be distributed to Flint families. (People)

Muslim community

A Muslim organization, called ‘Who is Hussain?’ after Hussain Ibn Ali — the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and who advocated for peace — donated 30,000 bottles of water to the Red Cross in Flint. (Washington Times)


It doesn’t take being a celebrity to help the people of Flint. Many organizations are accepting monetary donations to buy supplies, bottled water and filters for the families. Follow any of these links for directions on how you can help:

The Salvation Army of Genesee County

The United Way of Genesee County

Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Red Cross of Michigan

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

Catholic Charities of Genesee County