It takes a lifetime to create a legacy and for one little girl who died too soon that which she has left behind is all the more poignant and tragic. Rachel Beckwith was nine years old on her last birthday when she requested that loved ones donate to Charity Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations instead of giving her presents.
Her goal was modest; it was set at $300, which would have been enough to give 15 children access to clean water. Her efforts gleaned only $220 by her birthday on June 12th, and she was disappointed. She never lived to see the fruits of her labor of love, as a month later, her family’s car was involved in a 13-car traffic accident and Rachel was critically injured.
Contributions at this time really took off and the totals kept increasing even after her untimely and tragic death. Over a million dollars came through for Rachel’s cause.
Rachel’s love for humanity was resplendent even at the tender age of five when she first found out about the non-profit Locks of Love, which collects donated hair and provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged kids suffering from long-term medical hair loss. She cut her hair and donated it. After waiting for it to grow back, she did it again.
The world lost more than a precious child when Rachel Beckwith passed away. Her death marks a renewal of life, as it is a reconnection that sometimes is disguised in the adult world; that of true purity and clarity of purpose.
Rachel Beckwith may have been a little girl, but she was also a hero.
May her legacy of peace and good health through clean water continue.