FLINT, Mich. – On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2024, Rx Kids, the first citywide maternal and infant cash prescription program in the nation is hosting a FREE community-wide celebration.
On the day devoted to love, Rx Kids will be hosting two FREE community events commemorating the launch of this historic program: a daytime family-friendly event at the Flint Children’s Museum and an evening launch bash at the Capitol Theatre.
❤️ For the Kids: Flint Children’s Museum
FREE family-friendly activities and resources will be held at the Flint Children’s Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The love-filled Rx Kids FREE family day will host more than a dozen community resource tables – providing a warm and safe environment for families to learn about Rx Kids and other resources. There will be community resources such as early childhood programming, health insurance connections, childcare resources, free cell phones and more.
Thanks to many community partners, there will be fun child-friendly enrichment activities including the following and more:
- FREE Rx Kids Teddy Bear named Rex, while supplies last
- FREE books and costume characters by EarlyOn Genesee County
- FREE books and resources from Delta College – PBS branch
- FREE flow yoga in the afternoon led by Crim Fitness Foundation
- Small live animals from For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum
- Story time activities by Applewood
For more information about the Rx Kids FREE day at the Flint Children’s Museum, please call the Museum at (810) 767-KIDS (5437) or visit FlintRxKids.com/LaunchBashEvent.
❤️ For the Adults: Capitol Theatre
The celebration of the historic launch of Rx Kids will feature a FREE love-filled, adults-only evening at the iconic Capitol Theatre. The “All We Need is Love” Launch Bash is produced by BeatsXBeers, and will feature local and national talent including co-hosts ABC12 news anchor Dawn Jones and comedian Jerry Minor. Performers include Mama Sol debuting her Flint Rx Kids song, David Blight, Semaj Brown, Feimstro, Flint Institute of Music, and Flint Freedom School. A soon-to-be-announced nationally acclaimed R&B artist will headline the event with love songs for the Flint community.
“The All We Need is Love Launch Bash is like a warm hug for me and my community,” said Alana Turner, a Rx Kids participant and city of Flint pregnant mom.
Turner added: “To me, Rx Kids is not just a program, it’s a lifeline and a promise of support for every mother in our city. It is about coming together and supporting each other. I am beyond excited for the community to celebrate a future where our babies have the opportunity to thrive and experience love from so many caring people.”
The launch bash event is FREE, but tickets are required. Donations to the Rx Kids program are encouraged. Attendees will receive a Rx Kids Teddy Bear named Rex and a limited-edition Rx Kids “Love” T-shirt.
Thanks to the MSU Dairy Store, the first 600 guests will enjoy free Rx Kids signature ice cream. Strawberry Sweetheart ice cream is a smooth ice cream made with real strawberries and love mixed in. Local Flint mixologist, Mira Hopkins has created a special Rx Kids “Love Punch” mocktail and “Love Potion” cocktail that will be available for purchase. The drinks are sweet and red, representing love and the perfectly blended drink.
For more information and FREE tickets visit FlintRxKids.com/LaunchBashEvent.
Launched in January 2024, Rx Kids is the first-ever citywide cash prescription program for pregnant moms and 2024 babies. A public-private partnership with over $43 million raised, Rx Kids provides all pregnant moms in the city of Flint with no-strings-attached cash of $1,500 during pregnancy and $500 each month throughout a baby’s first year. Rx Kids empowers parents with the family financial security to care for the youngest members of their family during the critical first year of life. Over 300 families are already enrolled in Rx Kids with almost $400,000 in cash already prescribed.
❤ ️Rx Kids Free Day at the Flint Children’s Museum is made possible by the Genesee Health System. Rx Kids Launch Bash at the Capitol Theatre is made possible thanks to major support from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Molina Healthcare, Cars 108, Club 93.7, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, United Way of Genesee County, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Internet Essentials, Shirin Ebadi Foundation, A Comprehensive Dermatology Center, University of Michigan Child and Adolescent Data Lab, ELGA Credit Union, MSU Dairy Store , Flint Institute of Music, Michigan Public Health Institute, Michigan League for Public Policy, Witt & Goldsworthy PLLC, Michigan Medicine Zero to Thrive, Comcast, Hamilton Community Health Network, and other individual donors. Opportunities to sponsor this historic event are still available here. No Rx Kids funds are supporting this event.
Rx Kids is made possible thanks to major support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the State of Michigan. Other founding funders include the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Skyline Foundation, Ruth Mott Foundation, City of Flint, Doris Duke Foundation, Jamie and Denise Jacob Family Foundation/Ajax Paving, Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Children’s Foundation, HAP CareSource, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Mott Children’s Health Center Roy Peterson Fund, and Jeremy and Amy Piper Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Hurley Foundation, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, and the generosity of individual donors.
About Rx Kids:
Rx Kids is the first program of its kind in the U.S. Rx Kids is the solution to uplifting babies and young children out of poverty and into better health. Powered by science and driven by the community, Rx Kids “prescribes” cash to ALL expectant mothers in the City of Flint with $1,500 and all infants (0-1 year) $500/month. Eligibility includes City of Flint residents and births in 2024 or later. Rx Kids is led by nationally recognized child health researcher and advocate Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, a pediatrician and director of the Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative and Associate Dean for Public Health in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Rx Kids partners include the Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, University of Michigan Poverty Solutions, GiveDirectly, and the Greater Flint Health Coalition.