rachelcharitywater
by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Causes.
Photo: Charity:Water

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.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • ecogal

    Lovely yet incredibly sad. Charity:Water has done and continues to do much needed work. What a wonderful legacy she has left behind. RIP Rachel.

  • LittleMe

    What an amazing little girl. So young and yet because of her many, many lives will be saved.