Wednesday, October 10, 2018

FLINT, MI -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have started the "NYC Loves Flint" effort to urge residents of the Big Apple to aid two funds in water crisis relief efforts.

de Blasio and McCray, who also serves as Mayor's Fund Board chairwoman, are urging donations towards the United Way of Genesee County's Flint Water Fund and the Flint Child Health & Development Fund established at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

"While we need to hold people accountable for the terrible decisions that led to this disaster, that cannot be the only focus of our outrage," said McCray in a message on the city's website.
"The people of Flint are counting on us to turn our anger into ACTION. And that is exactly what we are doing today," she said. "Thanks to all of you, the people of Flint will receive some much-needed support."

The Flint Water Fund is being used to purchase water filters, replacement filters, and provide emergency support services and prevention effort, while The Flint Child Health & Development Fund aims to provide educational, health and nutritional aid to Flint children ages 0 to 6 suffering from lead exposure.