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GM donates $50K for water filters for Flint residents

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

General Motors is stepping up to help Flint residents with the water crisis.

The GM Foundation is donating $50,000 to purchase water filters for Flint residents. The donation went to the United Way of Genesee County.

The filters will remove contaminants from the water, allowing residents to use the water for drinking and cooking.

“Giving back to our communities is more than investing in our facilities; it involves helping to improve the quality of life for those who live in our plant cities,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North American Manufacturing and Labor Relations vice president. “The United Way is a long-time GM partner and is well positioned in the Flint area to help the residents most in need.”

Overall, the United Way of Genesee County and the city of Flint raised more than $100,000 for water filters.

Along with the $50,000 from GM, the United Way gave $25,000 from its general fund, the Making our Children Smile Foundation donated $10,000, and $20,000 came from Community Development Block Grant funds.

The water filters cost about $20 each, according to the United Way.

The highest risk populations will get the water filters first.

“This is a great example of community members, leaders and partners banding together to ensure people have access to clean drinking water,” Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said.

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