|Here is a statistic we learned recently that we can not shake: 768 million people on the planet do not have access to clean drinking water.
It can't be true but it is true. That's one in every nine people around the world.
Scott Harrison went from Manhattan nightclub promoter to charity: water founder, after a sea change that actually took place at sea, aboard one of the Mercy Ships, and after time spent in Liberia.
His goal and the goal of charity: water is to bring clean drinking water to people in developing nations. It's not a great technological challenge. Just a human one: the collective will to do it.
You can make a donation, start a fundraising campaign, shop in their online store, go to their charity: ball on December 16th, or pay it forward.
Charity Navigator gives them four stars, its highest rating. For their part, charity: water promises that 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.
When you raise a glass this holiday season, remember how lucky we are.
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skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious
Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.
fri-sat: the cupcake vineyards truck helps you celebrate national cupcake day (12/15) with free cupcakes and wine samples at four manhattan locations.
fri 8pm (thru 1/12): drama desk-nominated radiotheatre brings back 'ghosts of christmas past', six classic supernatural tales of christmas past in old manhattan… with sound effects and an original orchestral score. the kraine theater, $18.
fri-sat 10:30pm (+ 12/20-21): here we come… all ye faithful is 'a dumb, unauthorized, gender-bending, singing monkees christmas parody show'. the celebration of whimsy theater (21a clinton st), $15.
sat 1-4:30pm: dozens of writers and performers read at the what the dickens? fourth annual a christmas carol marathon at housing works. free.
sat 6:45pm: grab your boombox + join hundreds of others on a 45-minute walking sonic soundscape at the 22nd annual unsilent night. meet at the washington square park arch, free.
sun 3:30pm performance, 11:30am registration: hundreds of tuba players of all ages are invited to play holiday favorites at the the 40th annual tuba christmas at the rink at rockefeller center. $10 to perform, free to enjoy.
sat 7pm: director cheryl dunn will be in person at a free screening of everybody street, a new documentary about nyc street photographers. apple soho.