Update: A Girl's Birthday Wish Inspires Over $800K in Donations to Charity:Water After Her Death
Recently we told you about Rachel Beckwith, a girl who tragically died at the age of nine after a car accident, but left the world with a selfless birthday wish that has inspired thousands.
Rachel opted out of receiving gifts for her ninth birthday, and instead she created a fundraising page on Charity:Water’s website. The organization works to provide clean water to those in need in developing countries. While her page fell short of the goal of raising $300 by her birthday, her story has spread and there are now $802,852 in donations from 22,470 people, providing 40,142 people with safe water.
With 17 days left in the fundraising campaign, the donations are still coming in and could quickly reach $1 million. It’s heartwarming to see kindness and hope come out of such a tragic story. As one person wrote on Rachel’s page, “In loving memory of Rachel, the little girl with the great big heart. You have touched so many in your young life. May you rest in peace knowing you made a difference in so many peoples lives. May your family be strong and comforted in your absence.”
If you would like to make a donation you can do so here: Rachel’s 9th Birthday Wish.