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KEM is latest celeb to pledge help for Flint in water crisis

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Detroit R&B singer KEM has become the latest celebrity to step forward to help residents of Flint during its water crisis.

KEM is teaming with the Salvation Army to help distribute bottled water on Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, at its Flint Beecher Corps Community Center in Flint. He's also promoting a fundraising drive for the Salvation Army of Genesee County; donations can be made by texting "Water" to 91999 on cell phones.

"The water crisis in Flint has been so heavy on my heart," KEM said in a statement on Monday, Jan. 25. He called the Salvation Army campaign "an effective way for me to lend support to their outreach efforts on a long-term basis."

KEM is among those following Cher's lead after the entertainer donated 181,400 bottles of water to Flint after learning of the water crisis. Others making donations include:

* West Bloomfield-based rapper donated $10,000 from his non-profit Sean Anderson Foundation;

* Detroit-born Jack White has launched a fundraising drive, giving donors a chance to win subscriptions to his Third Man Records Vault series;

* Rapper Meek Mills sent 60,000 bottles of water to Flint and has made a donation to the Flint Child and Familiy Health Development Fund;

* And Seattle rockers Pearl Jam has started an extensive campaign that includes its own $125,000 donation and another $175,000 from "a close group of the band's friends and partners -- including Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Republic Records. The band has also launched a fan donation campaign at Crowdwise.com/PearlJam that help fund current crisis initiatives as well as the Flint Child Health and Development Fund.

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