'Flint' movie on Lifetime helps raise $30,000+ for city

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FLINT (WJRT) (10/31/2017) - Since the "Flint" movie premiered on the Lifetime network last Friday, more than $30,000 has been raised from companies and viewers.

The movie included information for viewers to give money through text messages, online or mailing in contributions.

Jamie Gaskin, CEO of the United Way of Genesee County, said contributions totaling $31,000 have come in so far.

Some of those are corporate gifts from the production company and other firms involved in the movie. Much of the rest has come in from viewers.

All of the money raised will be split evenly between the United Way's Flint Water Fund and the Mott Community Foundation's Flint Kids Fund, both of which are helping area residents affected by the water emergency.

Gaskin said the channels set up for text, online and mail contributions will remain open for the foreseeable future, because the "Flint" movie likely will air again on Lifetime.