A Life-Changing Weekend

 

This year’s Dickens of a Christmas celebration was full of holiday decorations, costumes, food, and just enough cold weather for a little snowfall to top off the Christmas cheer. It’s the time of year for thankfulness, joy, and giving, and we experienced each of these through the people we met while at Blood:Water’s booth during the event.

Generous donors showed what it means to give a truly meaningful gift, and we thanked them with jerry can ornaments as keepsakes to remind them of their life-changing gifts. It was inspiring to witness people’s excitement each time we explained that all it takes to provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene for one person in Africa for life is $40.

One donor visited our booth, left, then returned later to tell us that she found an item at another booth which cost $40, but instead of buying that item, she came back to donate to Blood:Water because she said, “This is where my $40 needs to go.” Time and time again, people showed us what it means to have a heart of giving, and by the end of the weekend, we raised enough money to provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene for 40 people living in Africa.

Characters from A Christmas Carol mingled with the crowds, and I can’t think of a better way to sum up the weekend than in the words of Charles Dickens himself:

I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.