Brandon Carr donates $110,000 towards Flint Water Crisis
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) has been awarded a generous donation by Dallas Cowboy Brandon Carr to establish two funds to help children and families impacted by the Flint Water Crisis. Carr, a Genesee County native, announced a gift of $100,000 to establish the Carr Cares Fund for Flint. An additional $10,000 gift established the Safe Water Safe Homes Fund to help replace pipes and plumbing for Flint’s most vulnerable residents.
“I am especially concerned about the children of Flint who now, because of lead poisoning, face tremendous adversity for the remainder of their lives,” Carr, who is founder and president of Carr Cares, a nonprofit organization, said. “I call upon everyone including my fellow athletes across all professional sports leagues to help support these kids for the long-term through the Carr Cares Fund for Flint.
“We are very grateful to Brandon Carr who has been a true friend to the children of Flint and look forward to our continued partnership with him,” said Kathi Horton, President, CFGF. “The generosity and support of Mr. Carr is instrumental to providing flexible resources to ensure that Flint children can receive needed services through adulthood.
“The 2014-2016 Flint Water Crisis has touched the hearts of people nationwide, and Mr. Carr’s response is inspiring and deeply appreciated,” Horton added.
Carr said knowing that children who are not reading well by third-grade face higher high school dropout rates and incarceration as adults is one of his motivating factors to helping the kids. Lead poisoning contributes to lower IQ rates and behavioral issues like shortened attention spans, which puts them at risk. The needs of Flint children exposed to lead, particularly those most vulnerable – children ages 0-6 – are ongoing and long-term.
Carr said his donation is intended to make sure every child has a chance at health and success.