Hero of the Week: Little Miss Flint
When she was 8-years-old, Mari Copeny wrote a letter to President Obama, asking him to meet with her and a group of people coming to Washington D.C. to watch congressional hearings on the Flint water crisis. He responded with a letter announcing that instead, he was coming to Flint to ensure the people there receive “the help [they] need and deserve.” At that point, she was already known around town as “Little Miss Flint” because of her activism and work to represent the children of Flint, Michigan, where there hasn’t been clean water since April 2014.
Since 2016, Mari has fundraised over $500,000 that has impacted over 25,000 children in Flint and beyond. These funds have gone towards supporting students in getting school supplies, toys, bikes, clean water, and other resources needed to ensure a fulfilled and healthy life. Now 12, Mari is still a vocal activist for the children of Flint, often touring and speaking about the clean water crisis.
Follow her on Twitter and if you’re able to please consider donating to this incredible young woman who dreams of becoming president one day.