First, here’s a video I’d love for you to watch (email subscribers, you’ll have to click on the “Spend Less, Give More” title to come and view this on my blog, as videos never come through in email feeds).
I love, love, love this video (and last year’s as well!). While I’m not advocating that we completely give up exchanging gifts at Christmas time (it’s fun to give, after all!), what if we all spent a little less money on stuff this December and instead, gave that saved money to help provide clean drinking water to people who have none? What if we all spent $100 less than usual, and sent it to Living Water, or some other financially responsible charity? Think of the difference just the readers of this blog could make.
Maybe you can’t manage to spare $100, but what if you could spare $10? On average, this blog gets around 2000 hits a day, not counting the 450 of you that receive my posts via email. Estimating low, suppose that there are 1000 of you that come here each day. If each of you gave $10, that would be $10,000, which is an enormous amount.
884 million people in this world do not have access to clean drinking water, but Living Water can bring it to them in the form of wells for about $.98 a person per year. If you cut back on your buying by $100 and sent it to Living Water instead, you could help 100 people have clean drinking water for an entire year! That’s amazing! Even if you just sent $10, that would provide clean drinking water for 10 people for a whole year.
Think about it…you could spend less money, have fewer post-Christmas bills, and save someone’s life by providing them with clean water. It’s a win-win-win.
(ps. I know that there are a fair number of people out there who refuse to donate to charities because they fear their contributions are squandered. While this is true of some charities, Living Water makes their financial records public. Last year, 95% of their money went to programs and development, with only 5% going to administration.)
(p.p.s I have another idea for coming up with money to donate (and this one has nothing to do with Christmas spending!). I’ll share it with you on Saturday.)