Saving and Sharing Water (Cont.)

Save Water Share Water

Update! Anna completed both her Save Water and Share Water projects this week. She redeemed enough bottles and cans by last Tuesday to exceed her $20 goal and finish her Save Water project. But she’d been promised a few more bags. She turned those in on Friday, and upped her total to almost $24.

We rounded up her total to $25, and this evening she went to Maddie’s Thirst (a charity:water September Campaign) and made a donation. In two weeks, we’ll make a matching donation of $25.

And that completes her Share Water project. All that’s left is to finish her Wonders of Water book and take her WOW pledge, and she will complete her journey. We’re so proud of what she’s accomplished!

Wondering how you can help? Make a matching donation of $25 (or whatever you want to give) to Maddie’s Thirst. All contributions to charity: water September Campaigns will be matched by a generous donor up to the first $1,000,000 raised.

And you can still take Anna’s Save Water Pledge. It costs no money, just a commitment to recycle.

Note: beyond sending you a thank-you email, I will not share your email with anyone or bother you ever again.

Sharing Water

Woman at a water tap

Photo via charity: water

As part of her Brownie work this summer, Anna is taking the Wonders of Water journey. She earned her Love Water Badge last month, and now she’s working on both her Save Water badge and her Share Water badge. The projects she picked for each badge work hand in hand, so she be earning both badges together.

You can read about her Save Water project here, but to sum up she’s collecting deposit bottles and cans (including water bottles which are redeemable for deposit in Oregon) and turning them in to keep them out of the oceans. On her first trip our local BottleDrop location, she turned in over $14 worth and her total so far in $16.60. We’re saving up a second bag and have a few other contributors lined up, and we hope to exceed her original goal of $20.

So where will the money go when she’s done?

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Taking “Comfort” for Granted

A row of expensive refrigerators for sale

New refrigerators, all far more expensive than ours (Photo: Wikipedia).

Sometime early yesterday morning, our refrigerator stopped working. We lost about $50 worth of food, and would have lost more if we didn’t have my mother-in-law’s home and refrigerator close by. The maintenance guy stopped by about 9 a.m. and had it running—with a replacement motor—just before 11. We put our ice tray and water-filter jugs back in and let them sit overnight to be sure it was working.

This morning, the water is cold and the ice is frozen. We have a working fridge again. The super told us to wait at least 24 hours before putting in anything that might spoil, just to be sure the temperature was back in a safe range. We’ll be bringing our saved food back from my mother-in-law’s this afternoon.

It could have been worse. We have a large deep freeze that is still working fine and another fridge nearby, thanks to my mother-in-law, but the experience reminded me of how we take our “comforts” for granted. Things like refrigeration, electricity, indoor plumbing, and even something as “basic” as clean water.

I would guess that at least half the people in the world don’t have all those luxuries.

I’ve taken them for granted in the past. I’m not going to do that anymore.

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