On Monday, Simmons teamed up with his prepaid debit card company, RushCard, to deliver 150,000 water bottles to local residents. He also attended a town hall meeting about the city’s ongoing crisis. During an interview with CBS Detroit, the hip hop mogul and philanthropist empathized the importance of celebrities helping Flint residents:
We want to reach out to them first and let them know … we are trying to deliver bottled water and we are trying to push for change, we have to figure out who is responsible, and negligence is a funny thing — if you drive your car and you run into a kid by mistake you can go to jail, that’s negligence, here is a place where we were aware there was danger, and possibly the governor should be brought up on charges.
Visiting residents of #Flint delivering bottled water gifted by @rushcard. Stories I’m hearing are very difficult . We all must support these courageous people. #FlintWaterCrisis. We need a 1 billion dollar overhaul of there system and. Proper nutrition for these children so they will lead a normal life #aquahydrate #rushcard
Just met Nakeyja who is using government provided filters that are totally ineffective, as we tested them ON THE SPOT .. she has 2 children both of whom have lead poisoning. One does not speak at 3yrs old. And the other already tested very positive and has had seizures. The deeper I dig the nastier it gets. #FlintWaterCrisis #aquahydrate #rushcard
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