MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GoFundMe, the world's largest personal fundraising site, today announced that more than $315,000 has been raised from 7,600 donors to help provide clean drinking water for the people of Flint. The challenge, which will give $10,000 to the campaign that raises the most funds between January 22 and January 29, has already brought increased donations of $165,000.
On January 5, 2016, a federal state of emergency was declared in Flint, Michigan, due to the dangerous levels of lead present in the public's water supply. It is estimated that over 8,600 children have been exposed to this contamination. As a result, many families have been forced to live off of store-bought bottled water, although few can afford it in this community where 40 percent of the residents live in poverty.
"We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from the GoFundMe community," said Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO. "Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for the people of Flint, and $165,000 additional funds in only five days is incredible. This money will have a real impact on the lives of Flint's residents, helping to bring much needed clean water."
To view the Flint campaigns that have been set up on GoFundMe, click here.
To view the rules and guidelines for the contest click here.