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GoFundMe launches contest to help raise money for Flint water crisis

Lanice Lawson, Bottles For Babies, started her campaign last fall and so far has raised over $42,000 on GoFundMe. (Photo courtesy of Lanice Lawson)

So far, over $201,000 has been raised on GoFundMe for the Flint water crisis.

Sixty-eight campaigns have been created on the crowd funding website and over 5,000 donors have made monetary donations.

GoFundMe has announced a contest in response to the Flint water relief efforts. GoFundMe says they will make an extra donation of $10,000 to the campaign that raises the most money.

The contest began on Friday and will end January 29.

Here is a list of the top GoFundMe that have raised the most money so far:

1. $47,165: Mission of Hope, Water Aid for Flint, MI: www.gofundme.com/rjp53vz8

2. $42,239: Bottles for babies: www.gofundme.com/eu55u3n4

3. $18,075: Water for Flint: www.gofundme.com/5gjnsbbc

4. $17,759: Safe Water For Flint: www.gofundme.com/znffcz64

Want to learn more? Visit www.gofundme.com/blog/2016/01/22/flint-water-fundraising-contest

Flint switched its drinking water source from the Detroit system to the Flint River in April 2014 to save money while the cash-strapped city was led by an emergency manager appointed by the Republican governor. The city returned to Detroit water in October after testing detected increased lead levels in residential water supplies and in children's blood.

MORE WAYS TO DONATE: HOW YOU CAN HELP FLINT DURING THE WATER CRISIS

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