Rachel Beckwith didn't want presents when she turned nine. She wanted to raise $300 and give clean water to 15 people in need. On July 23, just five weeks after her birthday, Rachel was riding in the back seat of her family's car when two tractor trailers collided on I-90, resulting in a pile-up near her home in Bellevue, Washington. Although the rest of her family escaped without serious injury, Rachel was put on life support and passed away two days later.
While grieving, friends and family wanted to donate on Rachel's mycharity: water campaign to honor her memory. Members of the family's EastLake Community Church began contributing, too, and the total rose to $200,000 within just a few days of Rachel's death. Then Seattle began to rally around Rachel's wish, and news of her powerful story spread even farther.
|Never forget the power of one very special little girl!|
The New York Times, CNN, CBS, NBC... Media outlets around the country re-told Rachel's story in the following weeks. Strangers around the globe responded with donations of $9, $19, and $99, in honor of her birthday. Letters and emails poured in, too, expressing gratitude for her unselfish example.
Rachel's campaign became the biggest in mycharity: water's history, collecting more than $1.3 million. That's enough to give clean drinking water to 60,000 people. And although she isn't here to see this amazing outcome, this little girl's wish inspired thousands to take up her cause.
This Earth Day, we put a video together that shows how water changes everything. It features our friends Jonathan Jarvis (the brain behind The Crisis of Credit), actress Kristen Bell, and musician Douglas Kaufman, and got quite a lot of attention.
We were honored when President Obama told the nation about our work in his National Prayer Breakfast speech. The Washington Post's On Faith blog noticed, too. Read the brief message from Scott called “Faith and the Waters of Change” in WaPo here »
Jaden Smith - Will and Jada's twelve year old son - presented Ellen with a pretty awesome birthday gift. Check out her reaction in this video!
From newspapers and magazines to CNN and the Today Show, we've been featured in some of the top news programs across the country and around the world. Check out some of our favorites below.