Russell’s company RushCard has teamed up with AQUAhydrate to donate 150,000 bottles of water to the residents of Flint. Russell’s donation is part of Sean “Puffy” Combs and Mark Wahlberg’s effort to deliver one million bottles of water. AQUAhydrate has been working closely with the Red Cross and community leaders to help disperse the water to all in need.
Russell also spoke to Fox 2 Detroit Monday morning, saying, “It has to do with sending less fortunate and people of color less services. In this particular case, they were voters who didn’t vote for the governor (Rick Snyder). They’re underserved community members. … The fact is, no one black voted for this governor and I think they’re less important to him.”
Russell is currently in Flint handing out bottles of water.
Visiting residents of #Flint delivering bottled water gifted by @rushcard. Stories I'm hearing are very difficult . We all must support these courageous people. #FlintWaterCrisis. We need a 1 billion dollar overhaul of there system and. Proper nutrition for these children so they will lead a normal life #aquahydrate #rushcard
He has met with several Michigan residents affected by the lack of clean water.
Just met Nakeyja who is using government provided filters that are totally ineffective, as we tested them ON THE SPOT .. she has 2 children both of whom have lead poisoning. One does not speak at 3yrs old. And the other already tested very positive and has had seizures. The deeper I dig the nastier it gets. #FlintWaterCrisis #aquahydrate #rushcard
He’s also calling for other businesses and corporations to help with the relief effort.