That Seattle sound that everyone has come to know and love over the past couple decades is digging their charity roots even deeper this week. Beloved West coast rockers and long-time humanitarians, Pearl Jam, are doing something no other celebrity has done for the people of Flint, Michigan.
Since news of the water crisis began to spread, we have seen celebrities like Cher and rapper, Meek Mill, making donations to the people affected by the tainted drinking water in the town of Flint. Other celebrities, like Matt Damon, are calling for the resignation of Michigan governor, Rick Snyder. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have also weighed in on the Flint crisis.
But, leave it to the long-haired grunge band to make a serious impact on the town of Flint. This week, the band donated $125,000 to The United Way of Genesee County to go towards water filters and bottled water. They’ve also gathered a group of their friends from Glaser Progress Foundation, Live Nation, Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation, Republic Records, Ticketmaster, Universal Music Publishing Group and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment to donate an additional $175,000.
The legendary band has called on their devoted fans to donate anything they can and, so far, the fans have raised over $50,000 for Flint! This is absolutely amazing!
According to the band’s website:
‘Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.’
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