A Birthday Gift Magnified
--by lewski711, posted Apr 16, 2018
One of my students, Miriam, gave me all of her birthday money ($25) to donate to Charity:Water, and organization that builds wells in communities that have no access to clean water. The following week was our school book fair and she had no money to buy any items, but she told me it was okay, that the water was more important.
I shared this on social media and many helped: donating to the charity in her name, and raising hundreds of dollars for Miriam to replace the $25 she so selflessly gave away (https://www.gofundme.com/maribel039s-surprise).
Today she received her surprise!
First, Miriam found out that others were impressed by her selflessness so much so that they donated to Charity:Water in her name. Next, she got to see the 45 second thank you video that Charity:Water made for her. Then, I gave her the check that so many made possible.
She was shocked and her mother was in tears. This is what she said:
"When I got the surprise I was so happy and excited because so many people liked what I did."
Today was a day she'll never forget. So much kindness: from Miriam, from Charity:Water, from those donating in her name, and those who gave to her. Thank you.