Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day, which means lots of food, family, insanity, the normal holiday stuff. So I woke up, ran through the daily routine of taking a shower, brushing my teeth, grabbing a bottled water from the fridge and heading out the door, though thankfully much later than I would on workdays. It’s been an hour and I already have more to be thankful for than most people.

Around the world over a billion people don’t even have the ability to wake up and take a shower, or turn on the faucet and get a glass of water, much less buy bottled water from the store. One out of eight people will have to walk five miles to get a bucket of water. Really? Five miles? Most of us don’t want to walk five feet to get a glass of water, can you imagine having to walk five miles just for water???

Most of us have never really even been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk 5 miles to get water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. One in eight people in our world don’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.

This is where Charity:Water comes in. Charity:Water exists to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. For about $20 a person, they know how to help millions.

How we can help:
1) Make a one time or monthly donation.
2) Get others involved by donating your birthday. That’s right, instead of people giving you books, music, movies, or gift cards to places you hate, they’ll be putting that money toward helping Charity:Water deliver clean water to those who don’t have it. Just create a profile, then you can create a campaign to donate your birthday.
3) Help fund their operating costs and spread the word by buying some Charity:Water gear.

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