Young Girl’s Final Wish Brings Clean Water to 60,000 People (VIDEO)

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  • One year ago, on July 23, 2011, 9-year-old Rachel Beckwith was killed in a tragic car accident near Seattle, Washington.

    About a month before her death, Rachel became inspired by the efforts of charity: water to bring clean water to people throughout the world. With the help of her mom, she created a fundraising page on Instead of presents for her ninth birthday, Rachel wanted family and friends to donate $9 for children in need.

    While Rachel only managed to raise $220 out of her $300 goal, it was a strong start, and she vowed to try harder next year.

    After Rachel passed away, thousands of people all around the world responded to her story, collectively raising over $1.2 million in her honor, with 100% of the funds going directly to Tigray, Ethiopia.

    On the anniversary of Rachel’s death, Rachel’s mom, Samantha, and her grandparents, Richard and Roseanne, joined charity: water in visiting Ethiopia and seeing firsthand the 60,000 people that Rachel helped.

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