Frank Denton - The Rogue Raven

Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Sad Tale with a Charitable Ending

A month ago a little girl died in a terrible automobile accident. One always is sorry for a death in one so young. Rachel Beckwith had only recently turned nine. She was bright, vivacious and above all, caring. As she came close to her birthday she told her parents that she didn’t need any presents. She wanted to raise $300 for a charity called charity:water. It provides clean water to African villages that have no water or no clean water. Her mother put the request on a webpage that she created. To the time of her death there had been $200 donated. Her death in the accident was reported on local news. It was a couple of days later that they reported on her request for donation to the safe water charity. Money began to pour in and to date over a miilion dollars has been raised. The death of this little girl and her birthday request has obviously touched the hearts of people all over the U.S. If you’ve got a spare dollar or two you might consider sending it along in this thoughtful little girl’s memory.