Rachel is changing the World

 Life has its challenges and sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the difficulties and not see the simple gifts around us. Today I was reminded of a story I read just a few weeks ago. This story moved me. It insipired me. It is Rachel's Story. You must have heard about Rachel by now but even if you know her story it is worth repeating.


Rachel was a nine year old little girl. Her heart was moved when she learned that children in other nations often perish from the lack of clean drinking water. So Rachel decided to do something to make a difference. She made a plan to participate with a charitable organization and raise money for clean water projects in the developing nations. Rachel set a goal of raising $300 for the charity by her ninth birthday. She asked her friends and family to contribute to the cause in lieu of getting her a birthday gift. Her ninth birthday came and she remained just $20 short of her goal.
Then sadly, a few weeks after Rachel's ninth birthday, she died as the result of a car accident. And then slowly the circle of her influence grew. It seems many were moved by the heart of a child that saw the needs of others above her own. Rachel's story was picked up by the media and the circle widened further.  I stumbled upon the story and was deeply moved... I cried as I read comments from the contributors and from her mother. It seems that people were led to give to the cause because of the compassion they saw modeled in a young girl and the donations topped $60,000.
So now a few weeks have passed and I have remembered Rachel and her desire to impact lives across the world. Her giving heart and spirit live on in the heart of others that carry her torch.  I checked her website today. There are 16 days left to contribute. Rachel has raised over 1.2 million dollars for her cause and the world will never be the same. Thank God for the life of Rachel. She has brought joy and hope. Rachel was a gift. To read Rachel's original request or to donate... http://mycharitywater.org/p/campaign?campaign_id=16396
On a campaign to change the world with Rachel...one life, one family at a time in Smithtown, NY. At EXIT REALTY we love our clients and our agents.

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