This campaign closed on Dec 31, 2018 This campaign closed on Dec 31, 2018 and $21,000 is hard at work in Sierra Leone.

Water4Ben

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$21,000

  • $20,435 raised by direct donations
  • $565 raised by team members
  • 700 people will get clean water
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$21,000

This campaign closed on Dec 31, 2018 and the money is being sent to the field. Still want to donate? You can give directly to charity: water.

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Top donors listed by:
Brian & Susan Bohrnstedt$5,000
R. G. Woodward Sr.$5,000
Anonymous$2,000
Brian & Susan Bohrnstedt$949
Old National Bank Fundraiser$935

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.

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

My son, Benjamin Parker, left a legacy of helping those not necessarily in a position to help themselves. For his 21st birthday, I decided to partner with charity:water to raise money in his honor to fund water projects in developing countries to help carry on his legacy.

Many of us have no idea what it's like to be thirsty. We have plenty of water to drink -- even the water in our toilets is clean!

But many people around the world don’t have that luxury. Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.

I started this fundraising campaign in memory of Ben to help charity: water build these types of projects around the world, and I'm looking for anyone who can help me.

Please donate to my campaign -- anything you can give is a huge help.

100% of the money will be used to build clean water projects, and when they’re complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped.

Also, many of you know that I paint rocks in memory of Ben. As a thank you for your donation of $21 or more I would like to offer you one of the 100 rocks I have painted especially for this campaign. Once you have made your donation, please PM me if you would like me to send you a rock (US only please).

Thank you for helping Ben's legacy live on by helping us make a difference in the world!!!

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  • Brian & Susan Bohrnstedt
    Brian & Susan Bohrnstedt 5 months ago

    Many thanks to each of you for your support for our campaign, Water4Ben. Because of your generous donations, we not only achieved our original goal of $10,000, but more than doubled it for a final total of $21,000!

    The purpose of this campaign, which was launched on Ben’s 21st birthday, was to allow his legacy of helping others to live on. Our hearts are overflowing knowing that with the money raised, 700 people will soon get access to clean water & their lives will be changed forever.

    A simple “thank you” is not enough, but there are really no words to express our gratitude to you for making this possible.

    God Bless~

    Susan & Brian

  • Brian & Susan Bohrnstedt
    Brian & Susan Bohrnstedt donated $949 - 5 months ago

    Ben, God has shown up far & above what we ever could have imagined through this campaign. We are so thankful to Him & for the generosity of everyone who has come together so that your legacy of helping others will continue to live on. Love You Always, Your Momma & Brian

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    Beth Rynearson donated $200 - 5 months ago

    Friend of Beth Erquhart

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    Anonymous donated $2,000 - 5 months ago

    I'm so anxious for the day to come when the fulfillment of your faithful efforts explode into the smiling faces & celebrations of those receiving the gift of clean water!! Water literally equals life!! It is so beautiful & exciting what is being accomplished here!

  • Brian & Susan Bohrnstedt
    Old National Bank Fundraiser #2 donated $583 - 5 months ago

    Thank you once again to Old National Bank for letting us set up at the Royal Avenue location to raise money for Water4Ben<3

  • Brian & Susan Bohrnstedt
    Brian & Susan Bohrnstedt donated $210 - 5 months ago

    Happy Birthday, Beth! Hope this is the best year ever:)!!! Thank you for believing from the very beginning that this campaign would be so much more than what I dreamed possible. Today, we raised the goal for the final time--$21,000 for Ben's 21st birthday. It's still beyond me that even though you never met Ben, it seems as though you have know him forever. Thank you for all your love, support, & this wonderful friendship. Much Love, Brian & Susan

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    Zack donated $150 - 5 months ago

    For beth

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    Debra Nichols donated $100 - 5 months ago

    Merry Christmas, Susan and Brian.

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    Anonymous donated $60 - 5 months ago

    Love wins

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    Anonymous donated $20 - 5 months ago

    What a wonderful way to honor Ben's memory.

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.

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