I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of charities. I’m not sure what it is but I just wasn’t in to them.
Perhaps it was emotion-based, like guilt or shame for not caring as much as I felt like I should. Perhaps it was financial, because at times I felt like I didn’t have anything to give. Perhaps it was simply because I didn’t believe they were legit; that the money or resources got to the actual people in need.
All that changed with Charity:Water.
And it wasn’t because of some cosmic change in my theology, philosophy, or anything like that. It all changed because it became personal; it became relationship-based; it became real.
A good friend of mine, Esther Havens, gave her time, resources, and talents to shoot photography for them. She’s amazing, wonderful, charming, and certainly talented; she was a friend and I trusted her.
When she came back to share her experiences I believed. It didn’t take anything else than a personal testimony from a person I loved and trusted; Charity:Water had my support.
Since then my wife and I have been to the Twestivals and been avid raving fans of the organization. I’ve been to their galas in New York City and raised funds for them, blogged about them, and more.
I’d like to challenge you to do the same. I may not be the most trusted source of information for you, as a reader, but if I am you’re in the hot seat. Consider Charity:Water, what they’re doing, and then do something about it.
I’ve created a group called “Bloggers and Tweets Who Love Clean Water” on their site and if you want feel free to join up!