Give Water.

Last December, I posted THIS a few weeks before Christmas.

Here is the video from last year:

Here is this year's video:

So, how can you change your Christmas traditions & be a part of the Advent Conspiracy?

Here are awesome organizations that we support :

Heifer Project (donate an animal to give a family a source of food for a year. A few years ago, one of my students donated a goat in my name.
Best Christmas present from a student. EVER.

Compassion International - sponsor a kid for $38 a month to give them food, shelter, education, health care and the opportunity to learn about Jesus in a neighborhood church program.

Adopt a Family,
Feed the homeless,
Donate cans to a Food Bank.
Do something.

There are so many things we can do this holiday season and beyond to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Last year, Kevin and I learned about an organization called charity:water
This is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. It gives 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need.
One of the campaigns they started is called WATER FOR CHRISTMAS
$10 can give 1 person clean water for 10 years.
They encouraged people to give $10 every Friday in December.
Give water for Christmas. Save Lives.
This year, they are doing a campaign today, November 13th, called FIRST GIFT.
Clean water. One day. $10.
Asking everyone to let this be their first gift this Christmas season.
Let water, let life be YOUR first gift of the season.

What is $10 to you?
2 trips to Starbucks?
A lip gloss?
A pair of slippers?

$10 is nothing to some of us!
We don't even bat an eye at spending $10.

But, $10 to someone in Africa means CLEAN WATER for TEN YEARS.
4500 people die each day for lack of clean water.

This year, Kevin and I are giving each adult in our family a $10 donation of water in their name for Christmas.
We are giving them something that matters.
Something that will make difference.
Spend Less. Give More. Water for CHRISTmas.
You can change help change the world with the gift of water.
Click here to donate your FIRST GIFT.
Edited on 11/16 to add:
In 24 hours, First Gift raised over $10,000.
That is clean water for 1,000 people for 10 years. Awesome.
And, yes you can still donate to Water for Christmas this holiday season!


  1. Thank you so very much for posting this Mel. I cannot watch those videos and walk away changing nothing.
    This year is going to be so different. I can't wait.

  2. Wow.
    Thank you for this post.
    I just donated.
    What an amazing organization.

  3. so fabulous
    thank you

    will spread the word

  4. That's amazing amazing amazing!!!
    Thank you for this post. It truly touched my heart and I will be passing this message on.

    $10 is nothing to us, but it can be everything for them. Such a good cause.

  5. Saw this on your blog and others too! Loved your idea and will be giving it as a gift for Christmas!

  6. Those videos really put things in perspective & they also break my heart. Off to donate water for Christmas.

  7. P.S. I mean that they break my heart (in a good way) Just wanted to make sure you knew that! Thanks for this post!

  8. What an affordable way to contribute to the lives of others. Thank you for th info.

  9. I'm excited that so many people are spreading the word!

  10. Thanks for posting and sharing a wonderful way to help others who are in need.



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