DETROIT – People from across Michigan on Tuesday opened up their hearts – and their wallets – to help the children affected by the water crisis in Flint.
WDIV and four other television stations across Michigan -- WEYI-TV (Flint), WILX-TV (Lansing), WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) and 9&10 (Northern Michigan) -- joined forces with Tom Gores, FlintNOW and Art Van Furniture for the day-long telethon Flint Water Crisis: 4 Our Families.
The telethon ran all day from our studios in Detroit and at the Art Van Furniture store at 4577 Miller Road in Flint.
With Gores' matching donations, a grand total of $1,133,964 was raised during the telethon.
All proceeds will go to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund to help with things like education, nutrition and medical intervention.
The fund was established in January 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.
“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 who 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," said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Hurley Medical Center, founding donor of the Flint Child Health & Development Fund.
How to donate
By credit card: www.flintkids.org.
- Flint Child Health & Development Fund – FlintKids.org
- WDIV-TV – ClickOnDetroit.com
- WEYI-TV (Flint) – NBC25News.com
- WILX-TV (Lansing) – WILX.com
- WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) – WOODtv.com
- 9&10 (Northern Michigan) – www.9and10news.com
Alec Gores makes generous donation to Flint Telethon:
Phones ringing off the hook: Meijer donation:
Art Van donation: WDIV donation:
Phone interview with Tom Gores: