Earlier this month, I blogged about donating my birthday to water via CharityWater.org. My campaign wrapped up on Sunday and I am so excited to report that I surpassed my first fundraising goal of $1000 and my second goal of $1500 for a grand total of $1691 raised! So exciting!
As a result, these funds will be pooled with other donations to fund a fresh water project somewhere in the world. Over the next 18 months, Charity: Water will work with teams in the field to identify the area with the greatest needs and determine how to best meet those needs. Then the real work begins and the water project is built. When Charity:Water has completed the project, they will provide an update report with GPS coordinates showing exactly where the water project was built, along with information about the community being served. I'm happy to say that with the money we raised, 84 people...16 families!...will soon have fresh water. I can't think of a better birthday gift than that.
One of the highlights of this experience has been watching my daughter's reaction. How sweet is this birthday card she made for me? (She did sign it, but I hid her name cause I'm protective like that.) The picture she drew is of a happy girl getting water from her new well. I die. She raided her piggy bank with her dad and made her own donation of $27.91...so sweet.
Overall, I'm feeling really happy about the whole experience and can't thank my family and friends enough for supporting me and this great cause. You stepped up, helped change lives and made my 40th birthday one I will never forget. Thank you! XOXO, Cindi