Aretha Franklin Donates Hotel Rooms and Meals to Victims of Flint, Mich., Water Crisis

Gotta give the Queen of Soul R-E-S-P-E-C-T for doing her part to help people in Flint.

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The Queen of Soul is doing her part to help residents in Flint, Mich., during the city’s water crisis. Aretha Franklin plans on donating rooms at a Holiday Inn in Southfield, a Detroit suburb, for 25-50 people, according to Click on Detroit.

In addition to the rooms, food will be provided by the local Coney Island restaurant. Franklin’s father’s church, New Bethel Baptist, in Detroit will handle the screening of Flint residents who want to participate. 

“Detroiters usually come to the aid of Detroiters—and Flint is certainly regarded as Detroit,” Franklin said in an interview. “Hang in there,” she advised Flint residents. 

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