MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE : A Little Girl Named Rachel – by Lois W. Stern

 My generation was big on protests. We marched, demonstrated, cheered and jeered. But it seems to me today’s kids are raising the bar on activism. From Locks of Love, to Ice Cold Lemonade for Cancer Research, from Make-a-Wish to Charity-Water, I read stories of children determined to actively make a difference in this world. But be sure to get out a few tissues before you read Rachel’s story, a story that contains elements of majesty and heartbreak.

When Rachel was 8 years old, her church began raising money to build wells in Africa through an organization calledcharity:water. Rachel was aghast when she learned that other children had no clean water. Determined to do something to help, as her ninth birthday approached she asked her friends to each donate $9 to charity:water in lieu of bringing presents to her party. She also set up a birthday page on thecharity:waterweb site. Hoped to raise $300. and was a bit disappointed that her fundraising efforts only brought in $220.

Then, on July 20, as Rachel was riding with her family on the highway, two trucks collided and created a 13-car pileup. Rachel’s car was hit by one of the trucks, and although the rest of her family was unhurt, Rachel was left critically injured. In an outpouring of support, church members and friends began donating to charity:water on Rachel’s  birthday page. Yes, those donations surged way past her $300 goal, and kept mounting. As family and friends gathered around Rachel’s bedside, they were able to tell her that she had exceeded the $47,544 that the singer Justin Bieber had raised forcharity:water on his 17th birthday!

When it was clear that Rachel would never regain consciousness, the family decided to remove life support. Her parents donated her hair a final time toLocks of Love, and her organs to other children.

As word spread about Rachel’s last fund-raiser, contributions continued to pour in. Many made $9 donations, although one 5-year-old girl emptied her piggy bank filled with her pennies, nickels and dimes to send in $2.27. The total donations soon topped $100,000, then $300,000. At last count more than $850,000 has been raised from all over the world, including donations from Africans awed by a little American girl who cared so much about the hardships of their continent.

I am hopefully that this is not just a story of one little girl, but of a generation of young people working creatively to make this world a better place for all of us. More stories here of other youngsters working to make the world a better place. Waxing poetic is lovely, but taking action to create a better world trumps it every time.


Lois W. Stern is the author of two award winning books about different aspects of aesthetics (physical beauty): Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. Beyond those topics, Lois is committed to writing short stories to touch the soul – stories that she calls her inner beauty “tales”. Suspecting that many writers who don’t have a enough inspiring stories for an entire book, might  have one fabulous “tale”  to share, she set out to find out . By initiating the TALES2INSPIRE contest as an “authors helping authors” project, Lois hopes to provide authors with a platform for building their own fan base, with the opportunity to have their work published in a short story anthology.

Lois invites all  interested in either cutting edge physical beauty news and tips, her energy renewing, spirit uplifting stories, or both to visit her Facebook Page If you like what you see there, become a fan by clicking on the LIKE button at the top of the screen.

Get more info, ‘how to’s’ and ‘what if’s’ about Lois’ Tales2Inspire project

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About loiswstern

I was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at:

Posted on October 24, 2011, in Making the World a Better Place, Peaceful Reflections, Tales2Inspire, The Power of Your Words and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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