The 12th day of Christmas… and just one more giveaway

The Cause: is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries.

Clean water may just be the #1 thing we as Americans take for granted.  Our toilet water is clear for goodness sakes.  My children have this awful habit of flushing the toilet because it’s fun.  I wonder how different their games would be if we lived somewhere else.

Imagine walking miles upon miles in search of water to drink and cook with.  Imagine that the water you bring home is contaminated, but your children are thirsty, you need to make soup… so you use it anyway.  This is how diseases, such as Cholera, spread; causing sickness and death.  The sweet people of Haiti are finding this out first hand right now.

Fortunately there are organizations like that are commited to providing clean water to developing countries is Africa, Asia and Latin America.  You can support by purchasing this BPA free camelback water bottle. (I have one and LOVE it!)  All proceeds from the sale of the bottle go directly toward providing clean water to those in need.








Now… it’s time for the final giveaway.  At least the final giveaway for this series.  It’s hard to believe the 12 days are coming to an end.  I’ve had so much fun writing this and reading all of your comments.  Perhaps I’ll have to think of an even better series to follow this!  Okay, on to the giveaway.

Up for grabs is one of our “Don’t forget Africa” t-shirts.  The winner may choose from size S, M or L.  Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment, make it something fun, silly even

2. FB this post, spread the word!

3. Twitter it!

Do all three?  Get three entries.  Do one?  Get one entry.

Have fun! Good luck!

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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  • Clean water is a blessing! I got very sick when I spent summer 2001 in the Philippines because of Brushing my teeth a couple times because I didn’t have bottled water on hand. I wrote home to my parents telling them I had diarhea thinking it would stay private. My dad printed the email and read it out loud to our church congregation. Talk about embarrassing!!

    There’s my fun/silly post entry! Tack on two more entries for twitter and facebook!

  • When reading about what your children like flushing the toilet because they think it is fun, I was automatically reminded of the time that Elliot kept licking your face because he thought it was fun… and I couldnt stop laughing because it was the funniest thing ever!

  • I have been anticipating this ALL day! Hmmm. Funny post? I recently wrote about my son’s poop in a paper for a graduate level class. Yeah. I’m pretty sure he’ll love me for that later. Clean water is a good thing though. A friend’s sister help found livingwellproject. They build wells that produce clean water in other countries. Pretty awesome. Count me in fot a Facebook post, as well!

  • I will tell you what’s funny…is how many of these 12 days of Christmas things I have purchased!!! 🙂 Love all the ideas, you have helped me check gifts off of my list and feel like I am giving back to others as well. Thank you so much! Love you.

  • Hmmm…okay…talking about water and all: So last week I realized that I hadn’t seen Macy in a couple of minutes. Of course, having a Mother’s Instinct, I headed straight for the bathroom (because we all know that is where they have the most fun AND make the biggest mess). And YEP, she was there. But she was SO proud of herself because she was “helping”. She had gotten the hand towel and washed every square inch of the bathroom (you know, like 2 feet and down) with TOILET WATER!!! Have I mentioned I am a germ-a-phobe?
    Now give me that t-shirt. Cause I had to disinfect a bathroom of pee water.

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