Project Smoothie for kids in Flint
In 2016, GSK employees across the US raised over $100,000 to support the disaster relief efforts of Save the Children in partnership with GSK. Find out how that support helped children in Flint?
Each day, 69 million children across the US are away from their families while at daycare or in school. Save the Children reports that if a disaster—hurricane, tornado, wildfire, flood—strikes during that time, 21 states and the District of Columbia lack basic preparedness standards to protect them, and 4 in 10 families do not have a plan to deal with such an emergency.
But not all disasters are weather related, which was the case in Flint.
As a result of employee giving, our partners at Save the Children were able to respond to the Flint water crisis and help children threatened by the public health emergency. Although this was just one effort that addressed a tremendous need, we’re hopeful that the innovative "Smoothie Project" allowed children of Flint the opportunity to enjoy nutrient-rich smoothies and help mitigate the impact of lead exposure.
We can never know when or where a disaster could strike but the support our employees give, through money or time, can help make a difference in our communities.