Friday, December 11, 2009

Clean Water for the World

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Approximately every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness.

Approximately 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.

It's estimated that it would take approximately $10 billion to give the world clean drinking water.

That seems like a lot of money.

Until you hear that each year Americans spend about $450 billion on Christmas.

Clean water for all is so possible.

I know many of you already have tight budgets so let me help you out. Instead of a contest where I give away a rubber chicken that you must really work for . . . I am doing a really easy giveaway. I want to get people excited about making clean water happen for the world. So from now until December 15th:

1. Leave a comment on this post (on the actual blog, not the facebook note) and I will donate $2 towards clean water.
2. Tweet or facebook this post and I will give another $2 towards clean water. Then leave a comment (on the blog, not the facebook note so I can keep track of it in one place) letting me know of your tweeting/facebooking activity.
3. Link this post from your blog and I will give another $2 toward clean water. Then leave a comment letting me know that you've linkified this.

In other words, each person has the opportunity to give up $6 toward clean water by simply exercising their fingers for a few seconds. And feel free to leave a random fact about your self in your comment. Because I like random facts.

I'm not rich. Well I am rich, compared to the 80% of the world that lives on less than $10 per day. But in case a lot of people actually get on board with me, I have to cap my donation at $200. You've got 3 days now get busy and spread the word. Water.

**Here's the catch. You might win a prize, too. For every $10 donated I will be entered into a raffle for a cool prize via Project 320. If I win, you win. I will give the prize to a randomly selected awesome person. It will be an unbiased, uncomputerized drawing from a hat that will probably involve my children.

Check out Project 320 - a group of women (one is my friend Mel who won my Dirtiest Minivan Contest and another is my bloggy friend and Most Cluttered Purse Winner, Erin) are getting together to raise $5000 for a well for an entire village. They are using all their doily-making, crafty Etsy paraphernalia in addition to gift cards and putting together 10 prize baskets to giveaway. Thanks Project 320 gals! Hopefully we will have some money pouring in for that well!

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79 comments:

lestime.blogspot.com said...

We even gave Cameron's cat, Punk, a bath last night. No water shortage here!

Dad

mel @ the larson lingo said...

You are awesome! thanks for posting this! Can't wait to tell you all about the weekend!

Christine Smith said...

Great blog Wendy! Looking forward to seeing your book published in 2010!

brenda Madsen said...

Great idea Wendy! I hope you get to $200. I Tweeted too!
Love the clump tree.

Wish I could have read your blog during those early child raising years. You would have helped me get through a lot of tough days!
xo

Amber said...

this is a wonderful idea, good luck

Amy said...

cool idea. I heard about Project 320 through my blog surfing. Do you know what org they are giving the money to? I didn't see it posted anywhere.

Side-note, we offered our pool customers a credit if they donated toward Water for Christmas. We gave them a 50% credit of their donation. So if they donated $50, they got a $25 credit toward their Aquabrite bill. We just got our first $100 donation towards Water for Christmas yesterday. So exciting.

Elena said...

Great idea!! :-)

David said...

You rock little lady!
Can't wait for your book.

Becky said...

Good idea. I'll link my blog here too.

Angela said...

Sounds like a great cause!

Richard said...

Great idea, I'm happy to be a part of it.

KQ said...

I linked my facebook. You are doing such great work.

KQ said...

Glad Elijah liked the jacket. It looked like it was made for him. And Lydia was too precious! All the ladies were just gushing over how sweet your kids were. They asked if they all belonged to me. :)

Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

Thanks so much Wendy!!!! I love this amazing idea and your sweet heart behind it.
YOu are rad!
For reals..

Amy said...

i facebooked it sucka!

Amy said...

I blogged it too. =)

Six bucks for some H Two Ohhhhhh

calebsbrother said...

These posts really add up. Hopefully the water does too.

Lorri said...

I'd comment but I don't want to win back the rubber chicken...

Kristin Lineberry said...

What an awesome idea. Good for you!

Terpstra Family said...

I truly appreciate your heart for God and your desire to share His love with others...and thanks for always putting a smile on my face, and making me laugh :)

Tyler said...

All of my 108 loyal followers now know about your awesome idea. way to go Wendy.

Jill & Grant said...

Awesome, Wendy. Can't wait to watch you reach your "cap" -- where did you find most of your info about wells? I wanna spread the good word. You rule, sista...

Sharon said...

What a great idea Wendy. I think this is an amazing idea. I am going to send you guys a Christmas card now, since we have your new address. :)

Jocelyn said...

$2 for clean water! =)

Meghan said...

You rock girl!

Erin @ BringingUpBurns said...

You rock. Me and Mel did our best to keep it real...dirty, that is...this weekend. It was a blast all being together and seeing all the handmade love for Project 320!

Thanks for spreading the word, making an awesome donation, and supporting our passion.

XO

Corinne said...

Wonderful idea!

Sarah Mae said...

This is wonderful wonderful!!!!

I also tweeted! :)

Amy said...

Hey! I Tweeted about this (because I saw SarahMae's Tweet) and I put a Project 320 badge on my website (Backseat Writer.com). Hurrah! You're awesome for doing this...seriously.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Have you seen the movie Flow? It is a documentary about the same topic. It made me want to start building a well as well:) Denise

Wax on said...

Good for you!

Kevin said...

Thanks Wendy!

ann said...

Great Idea - have a blessed Christmas

Rachel said...

totally stoked that you're doing this. Awesome! I may have to steal this idea for my blog!

Jason said...

What a great way to help. God bless you.

Rachel said...

post x2 because I'm all about clean water. believeit.

Kristen said...

This blesses me so much! Thank you for doing this. YOU are making a difference in the world. Watch out because GOD will bless you for this!!

Serena Woods said...

I've retweeted this! Here's to you going broke. ;) In all seriousness: great idea!

Take care,
Serena
www.graceisforsinners.com

The Glamorous Life Association said...

What a good person you are. Hope you are blessed by doing this...

Tonya said...

Wendy,
did I make the cut off??? Awesome!!! You Rock Sista!!

Jude20-25 said...

WOW!!! This is fantastic!!! Thanks Wendy:) You ROCK!!!!!

Jude20-25 said...

This is up on my facebook page!!! :)

Rachel said...

and, for good measure... I blogged this... www.rachelhiguera.wordpress.com

Jude20-25 said...

Random Fact: I just started a blog yesterday...

So, thanks for giving me something to post about!!
http://freespritedfrugalista.blogspot.com/2009/12/clean-water-for-world.html

Jason said...

I like penguins, matinees, bath tubs and clean water.

Janelle said...

Great idea! You will make someone's lifetime, not just their day.

Haus of Girls said...

You are amazing!
Thank you for being a part of Project 320!

Falling Around said...

CLEAN WATER!!! :-)

Brian said...

The Simpson's Christmas message is now worth $2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXVLP2FY7_w

Casey said...

Nothing profound to say, just grateful for your giving heart.

Jacqui Berlinn said...

Thank you for blessing others with your lovely heart!

tlswank said...

Makaila's 1-3rd grade classes at church are raising money for clean water right now. A few weeks ago they had the kids carry a 1/2 full 5 gallon container like kids in Africa carry every day to see what it would feel like. It was a great experience.

You go girl.

tlswank said...

blog link there.

Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

whoo-hoo! THANK YOU!

Allison Priola said...

great idea Wendy! Our church shared a fact with us on sunday that americans spend over 450 billion on Christmas everywhere and it would take only 10 billion to give the entire world access to clean water!! Crazy!

Amy said...
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Jenn said...

Great idea, Wendy!
(Hopefully my comment made it in by your deadline!! :) )

Kim said...

Where's my two dollars?!

Jeff and Allison said...

What a great thing to do :)

Sea Biscuit said...

pay up.

Derek said...

Supporting you...because you support my desire for the inside track on all my favorite child stars. Also. because you're awesome and I wish I was as cool as you.

Derek said...

Tweeted it, sucka. Hope you like my new code name.

- Mike Seaver

grggr said...

excellent idea!!!

Casey MacKenzie Johnson said...

wonderful!! thank you for giving this season instead of buying buying buying!

random fact: I snuggle my chiuhauha like she's a teddy bear and I am a 9 year old. but she loves it. (i think)

Casey MacKenzie Johnson said...

liked from my facebook and twitter....

Casey MacKenzie Johnson said...

linked from my blog

http://caseymackenzie.blogspot.com/2009/12/clean-water.html

Anonymous said...

YOU GO GIRL!

Jordan said...

Thanks Wendy!

cynthia said...

we <3 clean water.

The Perfect Trio said...

good thinking!

Kelly O. said...

We all take clean water so for granted. you are very generous.

Kim and Brian said...

Awesome! Clean water is something we definitely take for granted here in the U.S. Thanks for the reminder that not all share in the basic necessities of life.

Bert Decker said...

You're not only rich, you're blessed. And a blessing. Praise the Lord for your forward lean...

Bert Decker said...

And I tweeted (or FB'd) you - another $2 to a great cause.

Kathy said...

You are so creative Wen! Love it! Love you!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing to do. Merry Christmas!
Susan @ susansbarn@yahoo.com : )

Kelly said...

Blessed Blessed Blessed!

Teri said...

Thank you for your generous to Project 320!!!!!

Concord Carpenter said...

What a great effort! I would like to learn more on this and get involved.