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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

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites, 101 Things To Do With Bacon, and BERRIES. She enjoys sharing ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, and home projects. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

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5 thoughts on “Water for Christmas and a Really, Really Great Thing to Do With $20”

  1. Great way to give back for Christmas! My better half and I were trying to decide what charity to donate this year for Christmas, and this is a wonderful idea. Didn’t realize we could do so much with $20.

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  2. Laura and Kevin,
    I’m so glad this project resonated with you, too. It’s also gratifying to read that 100% of the donation goes directly to the project — love that!
    Thank you and have a blessed holiday,

  3. Hi! Looks like we have a lot in common. There is no better gift to give during the holidays than the gift of life. Nobody needs more stuff. And it’s so simple. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. I love this. I believe my Aunt actually mentioned something similar yesterday. Maybe we’ll collaberate and make it a family project 🙂


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