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$1M Raised In Crash Victim’s Name

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 14 (UPI) — A fundraising campaign in the name of a deceased 9-year-old girl has raised over $1 million to bring clean drinking water to African villages, officials say.

As of Friday, the fund-raising campaign started in Rachel Beckwith’s honor had raised $1,006,313 from more than 26,000 donations, The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., reported.

The Bellevue, Wash., girl died in a July 20 traffic accident. In May, she had created a Web site with the help of her mother to raise $300 to bring clean drinking water to people in developing countries. It was a goal she wished to reach before her June birthday.

“We’re thrilled with the response,” said Sarah Cohen, communications manager for charity: water. “It’s the largest fundraising campaign in our history by far.”

The Web site says that every $20 donation provides one person with clean drinking water; more than 50,000 will be helped by the charity.

“I am in awe of the overwhelming love to take my daughter’s dream and make it a reality,” Rachel’s mother, Samantha Paul, wrote on Rachel’s Web page. “In the face of unexplainable pain you have provided undeniable hope.”

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