As some of you may have read in my post on August 14, I’m amazed at the Rachel Beckwith story, and I continue to be amazed, as this thing is not over yet. In many ways, this story will never end as donations to Rachel’s final cause continue to flow in from all over the world.
I wanted to share the latest stats with you, and please, don’t hesitate to jump on the givin’ bandwagon! If you do, whatever the amount may be, go ahead and submit an AOK (with a *ForRachel flashtag, of course). Remember your AOKs are financially paid forward through our Cause Currency to charities and causes all over the world.
Twelve days ago I reported that Rachel Beckwith, the 9-year-old girl who had been killed in a car accident in July, left behind a heart-wrenching story and a donation page on a charity website dedicated to funding freshwater projects in developing nations. She had created the page in lieu of presents for her 9th birthday, in hopes she could raise $300 to help children in Africa access clean water. By the time her birthday rolled around, Rachel was $80 short, but in the weeks following her death, the amount of money donated, and the number of clearly affected people, is staggering.
In the twelve days since my post, Rachel has raised another $175,152 – bringing the grand total to $1,231,927 – 4,106 times her original goal.
In other words, or I suppose, numbers, $1.2 million covers the cost of more than 2,468 iPad 2s, or 61 brand-new Toyota Camrys. According to the US Census Bureau’s statistics, the average new American home in 2010 sold for $272,900. The money accumulated could buy 4.5 of those homes.
Charity:water, Rachel’s chosen charity, reports that this money will go to help 61,596 people, an increase of 8,758. That’s insanely cool – over 12 days, more than 8,000 additional people have been helped. And it’s all thanks to Rachel, and to people willing to give their time, money and energy on something a little more.
As I was researching for this post I was perusing the comments section of Rachel’s page. I came across this story and saw in the comments following it, it had inspired two more donations. Awesome. Dated Sept. 1 and accompanying a $100 donation, it reads:
“On July 24th, I received a phone call that a kidney had become available for me and was being flown down from Bellevue Washington to Sacramento California and that it was from a 9 year old child who died in a car accident. At 10pm that night I was wheeled into surgery for a transplant operation. I am so profoundly touched by the gererousity and kindness of Rachaels family to donate her organs that day. I am now the proud owner and care giver of one of Rachaels kidneys. My health has done a complete 180 degree turn around since the operation. I am off dialysis and feel just fantastic. I had my life returned to me and as repayment to Rachael, I plan to carry her charitable torch for the rest of my life. Thank you to the Beckwith family, you have a friend for life. Mark J”
The number of days Rachel’s account is still accepting donations? 28.No Comments »