Soon-to-be 9-year-old Rachel Beckwith had a beautiful wish. For her birthday, she wanted to raise $300 to bring clean water to African villagers. She set up a charity donation page on MyCharityWater.org and asked friends and family to donate to the site in lieu of giving her presents for her upcoming birthday.
Sadly, Rachel did not live long enough to see her dream come true.
By the time Rachel's birthday came around, she had raised a respectable $220 and the page was closed. Shortly after her birthday, Rachel died in a 13-vehicle pile up on Interstate 90 in Bellevue, Wash. Since then, Ryan Meeks, a pastor from Rachel's church, arranged for the web page to be reopened as a way to honor Rachel's dream. And the donations have been pouring in.
As of this writing, more than $544,000 in donations have been made by almost 16,000 people to honor Rachel and her beautiful birthday wish. Rachel's mom recently posted on the site:
"I am in awe of the overwhelming love to take my daughter's dream and make it a reality. In the face of unexplainable pain you have provided undeniable hope. Thank you for your generosity! I know Rachel is smiling!"
To make a donation in honor of this amazing and inspiring little girl, please check out her MyCharityWater site.