Rachel Beckwith Tops $1 Million for Charity:Water
Rachel Beckwith didn’t live to see her birthday wish, but more than 50,000 people in need of clean water will, now that her campaign has hit $1,011,936 and counting.
Read her story:
When Rachel died on July 23 from injuries she sustained in a car crash, she had raised $220 for “Charity: Water”, a nonprofit that brings potable water to developing countries. The Bellevue, Wash. girl had decided to celebrate her birthday with the fundraiser instead of getting gifts, but fell $80 short of a goal that would’ve helped 15 people in need.
After Rachel passed away though, her mission was revived and amplified by thousands of complete strangers who have made Rachel’s campaign, ““Charity: Water’s” largest in history.
“I’m just blown away by the overwhelming love and support and response that we’ve gotten from it,” Rachel’s mother, Samantha Paul, shared on the CBS Early Show Monday. “It’s overwhelming.”
Paul met founder and CEO of “Charity: Water”, Scott Harrison, for the first time Monday and the two expressed their commitment to keeping Rachel’s legacy alive.
“Lives are being transformed through this little girl’s selflessness,” Harrison remarked. He offered to take Rachel’s mom to Africa to meet those very people her daughter has impacted.
“I’ve always been so unbelievably proud of her, of the choices she’s made throughout her life,” Paul shared. “I’m just glad that everyone can share in the ‘Rachel experience’ now.” (www.huffingtonpost.com August 2,2011)
Rachel as a guiding example!!
Rachel was a small child with an open heart, who saw the selflessness in giving to others rather than receiving. What an inspiration from such a little girl, whose vision to donate, helped so many! Rachel’s values and vision are among those we support here at the Lighthouse Center. So, with Rachel as a guiding example, we thought we would like to also have a Birthday Wish donation set up at the Lighthouse Center. Gifts to help others, gifts of selflessness, are like karma, they have a ripple effect of reaping the goodness outward, like Rachel’s gift had. Rachel gave a gift of selflessness, a gift of sustaining another life because of your life, and a gift that deeply connects one to all that is living; a gift without greed or ego.
The Lighthouse Center has made available Birthday Wish Certificates. If you wish to donate on your own birthday or as a gift for someone dear to you. A gifted donation can be made to the Lighthouse Center to help sustain and help the Lighthouse community, those in need, coats and hats for the homeless, blankets for nursing homes, holding retreats on peace and nonviolence, having guest speakers on various subjects but always with the premise of nonviolence and peace, our many classes, as well as the needed upkeep of the Center so that these things can take place.
What a beautiful way to honor someone on their birthday, a gift that never stops giving, a gift that says, “I chose this charity, because my light sees the light in you”.
May Your generosity be returned to you many times over.
– The Lighthouse Center Inc.
Choose whom you would like to make a Birthday Wish Donation for, it can be your birthday or someone else’s.
Make a check out to the Lighthouse Center, Inc., and notate in the memo field Birthday Wish Donation.
Or, pay using PayPal to make the donation.
Specify the person in whose name the donation is made, if you like.
- Print the Certificate (pdf)
Fill it out for the person in whose name you are making the Birthday Wish Donation and send it to them.