During the 2016 election, a lot of attention was paid to Flint, Michigan because of the incredibly high levels of lead that were prevalent in the drinking water for the town.
However, since the election ended, some politicians have gone back to ignoring Flint, but the problem hasn’t simply gone away. While politicians may have forgotten about Flint, pop star Bruno Mars certainly hasn’t, KSDK reported.
At the end of Mars’ concert on Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan, he made a surprising announcement that he would be donating $1 million to Flint to aid the victims of the crisis.
The donation will be made to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to help “our brothers and sisters in Flint,” and the announcement made the crowd go wild.
“I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause. Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster,” read a statement released by Mars after the concert.
“As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again,” it read.
You can watch a video of the announcement here (though it is poor quality). The announcement comes about the 25-second mark:
“We know Bruno Mars’ $1 million gift will be transformative to the children and families of Flint. He understands the issues faced by Flint citizens, and we are touched by his concern and generosity,” read the statement.
The Oakland Press, of Oakland County, Michigan, noted that the Community Foundation will be using the funds to assist those who are currently affected by the crisis, as well as aid children who may develop medical conditions in the future from their exposure to the lead.
Hopefully, Mars’ donation will once again remind people of the tragedy in Flint, and government officials will redouble their efforts to bring an end to the crisis.
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