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A selfless 8-year-old girl decided that she was going to give her ninth birthday away. Instead of gifts this year, Rachel Beckwith asked everyone she knew to donate through her mycharity: water campaign to help her give clean drinking water to 15 people that didn’t have it.

Charity: Water
, founded by Scott Harrison, works to bring clean and safe drinking water to developing countries. Now, through mycharity: water, anyone can launch their own campaign to help
solve the water crisis that plagues 1/6 of our world. While still in beta, users of mycharity: water have raised more than $10 million. One hundred percent of that money goes directly to fund clean water projects. Not a dime is taken out to cover the organization’s overhead.

Rachel wanted to be a part of that. She set a goal to raise $300 by her birthday after learning that millions of people die before they reach the age of five, simply because they don’t have a clean water source. By the time Rachel’s big day came, she had raised $220, an incredible feat.

On July 20, Rachel’s story took a devastating turn. She was a passenger in one of 13 vehicles that were involved in a pileup on Washington state freeway. She experienced severe head trauma and her spinal cord was severed. The accident cost young Rachel her life.

Though her life has ended, her birthday gift continues to give life. In the short time since her untimely death, Rachel’s story has spread like wildfire. Her family’s church, EastLake Community Church, shared her story through their Tumblr and Vimeo outlets. Charity: Water reopened her campaign and began giving updates on it via Twitter to their more than one million followers.

This young girl’s selfless act could not be stopped or contained. Since her birthday a little over two months ago, Rachel’s mycharity: water campaign has exceeded $1 million.

This all started in the heart of an audacious girl with a vision to help 15 people. 15 people that would have an opportunity to live a longer, healthier life. 15 people that would be filled with more than clean water; they would be infusA selfless 8-year-old girl decided that she was going to give her ninth birthday away. Instead of gifts this year, Rachel Beckwith asked everyone she knew to donate through her mycharity: water campaign to help her give clean drinking water to 15 people that didn’t have it.

Charity: Water, founded by Scott Harrison, works to bring clean and safe drinking water to developing countries. Now, through mycharity: water, anyone can launch their own campaign to help
solve the water crisis that plagues 1/6 of our world. While still in beta, users of mycharity: water have raised more than $10 million. One hundred percent of that money goes directly to fund clean water projects. Not a dime is taken out to cover the organization’s overhead.

Rachel wanted to be a part of that. She set a goal to raise $300 by her birthday after learning that millions of people die before they reach the age of five, simply because they don’t have a clean water
source. By the time Rachel’s big day came, she had raised $220, an incredible feat.

On July 20, Rachel’s story took a devastating turn. She was a passenger in one of 13 vehicles that were involved in a pileup on Washington state freeway. She experienced severe head trauma and
her spinal cord was severed. The accident cost young Rachel her life.

Though her life has ended, her birthday gift continues to give life.

In the short time since her untimely death, Rachel’s story has spread like wildfire. Her family’s church, EastLake Community Church, shared her story through their Tumblr and Vimeo outlets. Charity:
Water reopened her campaign and began giving updates on it via Twitter to their more than one million followers.

This young girl’s selfless act could not be stopped or contained. Since her birthday a little over two months ago, Rachel’s mycharity: water campaign has exceeded $1 million.

This all started in the heart of an audacious girl with a vision to help 15 people. 15 people that would have an opportunity to live a longer, healthier life. 15 people that would be filled with more than clean water; they would be infused with hope.

The short life of Rachel Beckwith has left an imprint on the lives of more than 26,000 people who have donated towards her dream. Through the tragedy of her shortened life, those 15 people that
Rachel sought to serve are now inviting more than 50,000 of their closest friends to drink in this new found hope.

Lives, like that lived by Rachel, should stand as a reminder to all of us that, if we put others before ourself and invite others to do the same, it’s then that we get a taste of life as it was intended to be
lived.ed with hope.

The short life of Rachel Beckwith has left an imprint on the lives of more than 26,000 people who have donated towards her dream. Through the tragedy of her shortened life, those 15 people that
Rachel sought to serve are now inviting more than 50,000 of their closest friends to drink in this new found hope.

Lives, like that lived by Rachel, should stand as a reminder to all of us that, if we put others before ourself and invite others to do the same, it’s then that we get a taste of life as it was intended to be
lived.

  • David Samuels

    Such a great story.