If you can read this post, the odds are pretty strong that you have access to clean, drinkable water.
Unfortunately, that's not true of a lot of other people.
Enter LifeStraw. This is a personal water filter which is legitimately poised to change the world. Since 2005, Vestergaard (the company that makes them) has been sending LifeStraws to victims of natural disasters all over the world. Simply put, this is a personal water filter that can turn any kind of water into the kind you can safely drink. Each LifeStraw is good for filtering at least 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water. It requires no batteries or other power source. It is, in a word, awesome.
Right now there's a special fundraiser in place to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. They've only got a few days left to reach their goal, so I'm hoping some of my readers might be able to help. The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale will match online donations up to $23,000 to send LifeStraws to people who right now are in desperate need of clean drinking water. Just click here, enter your pledge, and help them collect the last few thousand!
But perhaps you'd like a LifeStraw of your own. After all, they're great for hiking, camping, or just to keep on hand with your other emergency supplies. No problem, you can still help! Purchase one from the website Eartheasy. For every LifeStraw you buy for yourself through this website, Rotary Water Projects will send another one to the Philippines.
It's almost Thanksgiving, and while we who can afford it should be thankful that we have potable water available with a turn of the tap, let's also do our part to bring the gift of safe water to those who need it most.