Cher has donated 180,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan

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Cher is doing her part to aid the people of Flint, Michigan as the city suffers through its ongoing water crisis.

Partnering with Icelandic Glacial, Cher is donating 181,440 bottles of water after lead contamination was discovered in the city’s drinking water.

EW reports that the bottles will be shipped out Monday and arrive in Flint as early as Wednesday, where they will subsequently be distributed to those in need.

Many of those donations will be handed to low-income housing areas, community centers, food banks, and fire houses.

Discussing the situation in Flirt, Cher said:

“This is a tragedy of staggering proportion and shocking that it’s happening in the middle of our country. I am so grateful that Icelandic Glacial has come on-board to help the city of Flint. I cannot wait for the water to get there to help these people who have been poisoned because the water they’ve been getting out of their taps has been polluted for so long.”

President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Saturday that clears the way for federal aid.

The White House also said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will coordinate all disaster relief efforts to “alleviate the hardship and suffering” on residents.

FEMA has been authorized to provide water, filters, cartridges and other items for 90 days.

Flint can get up to $5 million in direct funding, though the state must match 25 percent and more money can come through an act of Congress.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder requested emergency and disaster declarations late Thursday, saying needs “far exceed the state’s capability,” and added that emergency measures could cost $41 million.

Snyder said Saturday that Obama denied the disaster declaration request based on the legal requirement that such relief is intended for natural events, fires, floods or explosions. Despite the legal limitation, the governor is considering an appeal to exhaust “every opportunity to provide resources” for residents, Snyder spokesman Dave Murray said.

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