This campaign closed on Dec 31, 2011 Jessica Huettel brought clean water to Aini May Community.

Jessica's Christmas Campaign

Jessica Huettel

Jessica's Christmas Campaign

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Don't get me wrong -- I love Christmas. It's time for family, for comfort, for love. And for Christians, it's a time to celebrate what's most important: the birth of Jesus Christ.

But there are a lot of things we get wrong about Christmas.

For one, we give each other so much stuff. Whether it's out of obligation or to truly show someone we care, we're still essentially material-rich people giving other material-rich people more... materials. The purpose of our holiday, though, is Christ. And Jesus made his purpose clear to us -- sacrifice. He died so that we could live. And we struggle to keep this the focus of Christmas while we're busy buying and unwrapping gifts.

Let's face it, we actually sacrifice very little at Christmas. But what's small to us can be huge to someone who lacks basic needs. For example, almost a billion people in the world live without clean water. That's a pretty fundamental need.

So this year, I'm giving up my Christmas. I'm asking everyone who would've bought me gifts to instead donate that money to help build clean water projects. 100% of all funds we raise go directly to the work on the ground. And when the projects are finished (in about 18 months), charity: water will show us the communities we've helped!

Between now and Christmas, I hope to raise $7,000 right here on this page.

Jesus sacrificed himself for me. This is the least I can do.

Please join me.

This campaign brought clean water to Aini May Community, Ethiopia.

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Top donors listed by:
John G Huettel II$5,000
Anonymous$125
Darrell Kiker$100
Kyndra Hartzler$100
Jessica Huettel$100

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.

100 percent

Private donors cover our operating cost so that 100% of all public donations can go directly to water project costs.

This campaign brought clean water to Aini May Community, Ethiopia.

Don't get me wrong -- I love Christmas. It's time for family, for comfort, for love. And for Christians, it's a time to celebrate what's most important: the birth of Jesus Christ.

But there are a lot of things we get wrong about Christmas.

For one, we give each other so much stuff. Whether it's out of obligation or to truly show someone we care, we're still essentially material-rich people giving other material-rich people more... materials. The purpose of our holiday, though, is Christ. And Jesus made his purpose clear to us -- sacrifice. He died so that we could live. And we struggle to keep this the focus of Christmas while we're busy buying and unwrapping gifts.

Let's face it, we actually sacrifice very little at Christmas. But what's small to us can be huge to someone who lacks basic needs. For example, almost a billion people in the world live without clean water. That's a pretty fundamental need.

So this year, I'm giving up my Christmas. I'm asking everyone who would've bought me gifts to instead donate that money to help build clean water projects. 100% of all funds we raise go directly to the work on the ground. And when the projects are finished (in about 18 months), charity: water will show us the communities we've helped!

Between now and Christmas, I hope to raise $7,000 right here on this page.

Jesus sacrificed himself for me. This is the least I can do.

Please join me.

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Updates and Comments

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    Anonymous donated $25 - over 5 years ago

    Christmas gift from Arron, Misti and Alliegh.

  • LaDonna McMullen donated $50 - over 5 years ago

    Jessica, you are very special to think of others and to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. Love you, lots.

  • Theresa Podlesney donated $10 - over 5 years ago

    Merry Christmas! :)

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    Kathie Caldwell donated $20 - over 5 years ago

    You are an inspiration and a blessing to many with that careing heart and love of God you have

  • Laura Koppelmann donated $50 - over 5 years ago

    Jessica, I couldn't agree more. Christmas has become to much about "stuff" God bless you in your efforts and may you have the merriest of Christmas's ever.

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    Wendy Sheffield donated $10 - over 5 years ago

    Good Luck!

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    Anna Culp donated $10 - over 5 years ago

    with a prayer

  • Kimberlee Grover donated $20 - over 5 years ago

    With Love.

  • jeannett gibson donated $100 - over 5 years ago

    Happiness.

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.

100 percent

Private donors cover our operating cost so that 100% of all public donations can go directly to water project costs.