Water for Christmas and a Really, Really Great Thing to Do With $20

Twenty dollars.

I confess, a twenty dollar bill doesn’t always last long in my wallet — especially during this season of holiday shopping. But what if a mere $20 could literally change one person’s life?

Charity: water is a wonderful organization that uses 100% of its donations to drill for fresh water in poor communities where people die every day from lack of clean water.  A new well costs approximately $5,000 and provides clean, fresh drinking water for 500 people for 20 years.

According to charity: water, “Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.” The compelling thing for me about this cause is that so many people can be directly helped — for so little money. A donation might the perfect gift for those people on the holiday gift list that are hard to buy for.

“I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time – just one, one, one. So you begin. I began – I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person, I wouldn’t have picked up forty-two thousand….The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community. Just begin – one, one, one.” ~Mother Teresa

I invite you to join Happy Simple Living in supporting charity: water or your favorite charitable organization this holiday season. We can make a difference, you know.


About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Water for Christmas and a Really, Really Great Thing to Do With $20

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