This campaign closed on Aug 31, 2013 Caroline McGraw brought clean water to Kankanga Safari.

Fill Somebody's Cup: Caroline McGraw's Birthday Campaign

Fill Somebody's Cup: Caroline McGraw's Birthday Campaign

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Mission Statement

Home renovation projects: they can wear on you.

You stumble over construction supplies, and everything is forever out of place. The cat dips her paws in the polyurethane your husband’s using to top-coat your wood floors. (And then she proceeds to lick it off.)

Everything takes so much longer than it’s ‘supposed’ to take.

Need a glass of water? Too bad. You can’t have it right now. Your entire kitchen, including the sink, has been blocked off for a week. The water pitcher doesn’t fit in the bathroom sink, so you take it to the tub.

In the process, you skillfully avoid the other dishes in your tiny bathroom. (You also try to avoid thinking about how you really should clean this bathroom.)

You fill the pitcher, and wait. But naturally, you do something else while it’s filtering. You get immersed in your task, forget you were thirsty, and then wonder why, an hour later, your throat is parched.

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The terrible thing about the whole renovation process is that it’s disruptive. And the silver lining is the same.

Going through an elaborate process to get water isn’t what I would choose. But I don’t take clean water for granted as much as I did before. Now, I appreciate every filled glass.

It’s a (very little) bit like going to a developing country, where people have to draw water from wells, walk long distances, and carry water home.

A place where the process of getting clean water is time-consuming, arduous, and absolutely essential.

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Tomorrow is my birthday – I’ll be 28. I always get reflective this time of year. And the thing I’ve been thinking about? Water. (Great for reflectivity.)

It’s really easy to get comfortable when you have conveniences at your fingertips. But what happens when the little things you count on – like being able to have a glass of filtered water whenever you want one– are stripped away?

When I consider this, I’m just blown away by everything I already have, everything I already take for granted.

So, for my birthday, I’d like to ask you to consider giving to charity:water.

I’ll be making a donation, and I’d be honored if you’d join me.

charity:water is a non-profit, committed to bringing clean, safe drinking water to developing countries. Private donors cover all operating costs, so 100% of our donations go directly to water projects.

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It’s the story of our lives: We are empty, we are filled, we are overflowing. Sometimes in the span of seconds.

And so often, it doesn’t take much … to fill a cup, to listen close, to hold out a hand.

That’s all. And that’s everything.

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Updates and Comments

  • Wes Wages
    donated $15
    about 7 years ago
    Love this organization and what they are doing. Happy Birthday!
  • A
    Anonymous
    donated $15
    about 7 years ago
    Caroline, Happy birthday! What a beautiful gift you have chosen... so very fitting that you would choose to spread love and joy on your day.
  • T
    Tamara Templeman
    donated $64
    about 7 years ago
    That's my birthday gift, plus interest. Sorry it is so belated, my love! I am thankful for your friendship every day! I love you.
  • C
    Courtney Carver
    donated $28
    over 7 years ago
    Love you Caroline. You are changing the world ... one word, one dollar and one encouraging smile at a time. Happy Birthday. xo
  • S
    Sarah Bayot
    donated $28
    over 7 years ago
    Happy Birthday poquito. Love you!
  • R
    Rachel Zoghlin
    donated $10
    over 7 years ago
    Happy Birthday my dear Caroline.

This campaign brought clean water to Kankanga Safari, Rwanda.

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All donations made to Caroline’s campaign

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Birthday Girl$200
Tamara Templeman$64
Courtney Carver$28
Sarah Bayot$28
Tiffany Lekas$20

Updates and Comments

  • Wes Wages
    donated $15
    about 7 years ago
    Love this organization and what they are doing. Happy Birthday!
  • A
    Anonymous
    donated $15
    about 7 years ago
    Caroline, Happy birthday! What a beautiful gift you have chosen... so very fitting that you would choose to spread love and joy on your day.
  • T
    Tamara Templeman
    donated $64
    about 7 years ago
    That's my birthday gift, plus interest. Sorry it is so belated, my love! I am thankful for your friendship every day! I love you.
  • C
    Courtney Carver
    donated $28
    over 7 years ago
    Love you Caroline. You are changing the world ... one word, one dollar and one encouraging smile at a time. Happy Birthday. xo
  • S
    Sarah Bayot
    donated $28
    over 7 years ago
    Happy Birthday poquito. Love you!
  • R
    Rachel Zoghlin
    donated $10
    over 7 years ago
    Happy Birthday my dear Caroline.

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.