Telethon Will Raise Funds To Benefit Flint Children Impacted by Water Crisis

By |2016-03-10T09:00:00-05:00March 10th, 2016|Michigan, News|

DETROIT/FLINT, Mich. — In an effort to provide long-term support for Flint children and families affected by the water crisis in Flint, WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, will host “Flint Water Crisis: 4 Our Families (#FlintKids),” a telethon benefiting the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and its Flint Child Health and Development Fund (www.flintkids.org), Tuesday, March 15. On air from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., localized versions of the telethon will air across the state of Michigan on WEYI-TV (Flint), WILX-TV (Lansing), WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) and 9&10 (Northern Michigan).
In Flint, the telethon will be hosted at Art Van Furniture, located at 4577 Miller Road.
Recognizing that once the water crisis is over the lead crisis will remain with Flint1s children and families for years to come, the Fund was established at the Community Foundation in January. Its purpose is to provide flexible funding for wraparound services not provided by state and federal government support. These services include optimal child health and development, early childhood education, educational and student support services, continuous access to a pediatric medical home, nutrition education and access to healthy food.
“We are honored that five television stations have come together to help us ensure that the children and families affected by the Flint water crisis get the best possible care now and in the future,” said Kathi Horton, President, Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
Added Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Hurley Medical Center, founding donor of the Flint Child Health & Development Fund, “An estimated 6,000 to 12,000 Flint children have been exposed to lead in the water. We created this fund to ensure that these individuals, many of whom may face health problems for the remainder of their lives, have access to the proper resources. I thank WDIV for helping us bring our mission to the people of Michigan.”
During the telethon, which will feature stories of the people of Flint, viewers will have the opportunity to make donations by calling 844-FLINT KIDS or by visiting any of the news station’s websites, all of which will be accepting credit card contributions through http://www.flintkids.org.
The Flint Water Crisis has had a profound effect on the citizens of the greater Flint area, said WDIV-TV Vice President and General Manager Marla Drutz. When viewers on March 15 make a donation to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, they can rest assured that their gift will go directly to providing critical interventions for Flint youth.

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