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Meijer Inc. donating $500,000 for Flint water crisis relief

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan retailer Meijer Incorporated says it's donating $500,000 to three Flint nonprofits involved in relief efforts related to the crisis caused by lead in the city's drinking water.

The Grand Rapids-based company announced Wednesday it's contributing $250,000 to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. The fund involves several philanthropic and health organizations. Meijer is also giving $125,000 to the United Way of Genesee County's Flint Water Fund and $125,000 to the American Red Cross.

Meijer also has been coordinating the donation of numerous truckloads of bottled water to the city.

Improperly treated water leached lead from pipes into drinking water after Flint switched from Detroit's water system to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. Testing has since showed high lead levels in some children.

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