Jimmy Fallon has a heart as pure as, well, water purifying pills.
As tensions continue to boil over the Flint water crisis, in which lead was found in the Michigan city’s drinking supply, Fallon has decided to put his money where his mouth is.
On Sunday, the host of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" took to Twitter to announce that he's donating $10,000 to Community Foundation Greater Flint, a charity that supports the community in Flint.
And he wants others to do the same:
“Happy Sunday!! I’m donating $10,000 to CFGF.org. How about 10 friends match me? #WaterForFlint,” Fallon tweeted to his 34.6 million followers.
Fallon is not the only star that is using his celebrity to help the situation in Flint that President Barack Obama has called "inexplicable and inexcusable."
On Jan. 16, Cher donated nearly 200,000 bottles to Flint, while Sean “Diddy” Combs and Mark Wahlberg are donating 1 million bottles, which are supposed to reach the city by Wednesday. Pearl Jam announced last week that the band will donate $300,000 to the United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund.
The problem with Flint’s drinking water occurred several months ago when the Michigan city switched its water system from the Flint River and failed to use corrosion controls. The result is traces of lead in the drinking supply, which is a huge public health risk. According to the World Health Organization even low lead exposures in childhood can cause lifelong problems such as intellectual disabilities, lower IQs and serious medical conditions like anemia and kidney dysfunction.
In his State of the State address last week, Gov. Rick Snyder said he let residents down, but that shouldn’t dissuade people from trying to bring Flint back up.
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