9-year-old's memory inspires thousands of charity donations

Perhaps a little bittersweet, but a positive impact all the same.


Rachel Beckwith had wanted to give back for her birthday. Instead of the bicycles and charm bracelets on which most 9-year-old girls fixate, the Seattle-area child wanted to provide clean water to 15 people. She asked that friends and family donate money to a fundraising page she created through Charity Water.

As of Monday afternoon, a little more than a week after Rachel Beckwith's death, her online fundraising page has drawn more than $745,000 in donations, affording clean water to almost 40,000 people.

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Moderators? :)

Hello, everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been attentive to the community lately. I haven't been as active in LiveJournal, and leaning more to Facebook, I admit. I know a few of you have volunteered to help moderate this community in the past -- anyone still interested? :)

"Wake Up" with Kyle Cease

Kyle Cease makes a lot of great points, but I think he really touches on the negativity of the news in the beginning of this video.  It's true, we get so caught up in bad news and so many of succumb to the terror of what's being shown to us, we forget a large part of this world is not disaster, but CREATING.  Interesting to note is that he was at an event raising money with other acclaimed acts, and he's right - that kind of story doesn't get the press.  I wish the media would take more time to cover something that would increase our utility.  The news is something that reaches EVERYONE, so it would seem that we ought to get more enjoyment out of it.  They have the power to inspire, and yet we're given nasty stories.  I wanted to share this because I'd love to hear your thoughts and discuss it with you further. :)


Panera Bread lets diners 'pay what you can'

The café chain now has three 'Panera Cares' locations where people pay as much or little as they can afford. After one year, the idea seems to be working. 'People ... do the right thing,' says the company's founder.

Most patrons, it finds, drop the entire retail cost, or more, into the voluntary donation box, in essence subsidizing a meal for somewhat who can't pay the full amount. Panera says about 60 percent leave the suggested amount; 20 percent leave more; and 20 percent leave less. The largest single payment so far? One person paid $500 for a meal.

Few people seem to be taking unfair advantage of the system. Most know that wouldn't be fair. Not paying when you could "is like parking in a handicapped spot," Mr. Shaich says.

"The lesson here is most people are fundamentally good," he says. "People step up and they do the right thing."

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