Aretha Franklin Announces Plan To Donate Hotel Rooms & Food To Flint Residents
The city of Flint, Mich., has received wide spread support from everyday citizens to world-renowned entertainers. The devastating after effects of Flint's lead-fused water has altered the health conditions of children and adults who've been exposed to the toxic element, and called for an immediate plan of action to provide proper care for those affected and a solution to purifying the water.
To add to the increasing aid for Flint, Detroiter and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is stepping in. The "Think" singer announced that she'll allocate free hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn in Southfield to 50 Flint residents, as well as food, Huffington Post reports.
"Detroiters usually come to the aid of Detroiters -- and Flint is certainly regarded as Detroit. Hang in there," she said to HuffPo on the occurrence. Franklin joins a group of other entertainers who made a move to help and bring awareness to the situation. Moguls Diddy, Eminem and actor Mark Wahlberg also donated 1 million bottles of water to those in need. In addition, D-town representer Big Sean recently launched the initiative #HealFlintKids and donated $10,000 (which DJ Mustard recently matched), to benefit the Flint Child Health & Development Fund.
In a statement, the Roc Nation signee expressed his disappointment in the lack of action following breaking news of the water crisis and hopes that by raising money with his foundation, it'll "ensure that the children who have been hit the hardest receive the care that they need today and well into the future."
Recently, a lawsuit was filed by Flint resident Melissa Mays alongside the Natural Resources Defense Council, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and Concerned Pastors for Social Action. The suit calls for a federal judge to mandate Flint and the state of Michigan to restore new pipes in the city's water system in order to reinstate a secure and healthy drinking supply, ABC News reports.