May 10th, 2012

Last October for my birthday, a lot of you donated to Charity: Water to help raise money for two new water drilling rigs in Tigray, Ethiopia. I am still in awe of how many of you participated and gave your hard-earned money to the cause. I can’t thank you enough. 

The first of the two rigs broke ground drilling its first well in Merara Village on February 28, 2012. Hours into the drill, it hit a massive aquifer of pure ground water. Now each rig will go on to drill 80 new wells, and together they’ll change 80,000 lives — every single year for the next 15 years! 

Thank you, again, to everyone who helped out by donating and spreading the word about this amazing charity to your friends on-line.  In a world that can at times foster so much hate, it’s wonderful to be a part of something like this. 

October 19th, 2011

It’s official… we’re at 100% (and then some) for the Birthday Campaign!  

If turning 25 is anything like how this charity: water campaign went, I’m gonna be ok. 

I’m gonna be ok. 

25 is not the end of the world. 

In fact, most people laugh and say “Ugh! You’re so young! What are you worried about?” 

By “most people” I mean, you know, my parents. But still.

Thanks again to all who contributed to the great cause that is charity: water. If you feel so-inspired… keep giving. Every bit helps bring water to those without. Thanks! 

October 14th, 2011



You guys. 

Everyone. Errrrbody. 

Yesterday my campaign for charity: water reached 40%. This was HUGE and way further along than I dreamed at this date. I was humbled and so thankful for each and every one of you. 

But then. The donations just kept coming. In no time at all, the campaign reached 75%. 

Amazing. When you think about it in terms of the number people who can gain access to fresh drinking water because of the funds, it’s truly beautiful. 

There are a lot of percentages in the news right now: 1%, 99%, 9%… but 75%. Wow. I am so thankful. 

To sweeten the deal, I’m going to design a charity: water print to send to everyone who donates in gratitude for your generosity. 

If you’ve already donated (this year or last year!) please send me your mailing address either via Facebook message or email (morgangster at gmail dot com).

I love you all and keep spreading the word about charity: water!

October 10th, 2011

I’m not exactly “big” on birthdays. Not my own, anyway.

And in a few short weeks, I’ll be turning 25. TWENTY-FIVE, PEOPLE.  Bring on the lower car insurance and being able to call myself mid-twenties. 

Last year for my birthday, I started a Charity: Water campaign after I learned that millions of people don’t live to see their 5th birthday. And why? Because they didn’t have access to clean, safe water.  You, my friends, helped raise over $700 for a well and I am so very grateful for you all. 

Since then, I’ve approached birthdays a little differently. Turning 25 is going to be great and awesome. I’m so thankful for being alive. Bring it on, quarter-life crisis, ha! 

So here’s the dealio. I’m asking for a little moolah from everyone I know - and every penny of the money raised will go directly to fund freshwater wells in developing nations. Even better, every dollar is “proved” when the projects are complete, and photos and GPS coordinates are posted using Google Earth.

My goal is to raise $1000 by my birthday, with the idea being 25th Birthday= $25 donations, though any amount will help. Even if I don’t reach it, whatever I do raise goes straight to making a well anyways. Win-win, really. And contributions of $1 or $5 are perfect, too. There is no gift too small. 

Please consider helping me and mostly, helping others.

Countdown until October 28th begins now! 

"And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’" And he said, "All these I have kept from my youth." When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’"
- Luke 18:18-22

September 30th, 2011

A year ago for my birthday I started a Charity: Water campaign. Charity: Water is a non-profit that suggested the idea of “giving up your birthday” to raise money in lieu of gifts. Every penny of the money raised goes directly to fund freshwater wells in developing nations. I was unbelievably blown away by the support of my family and friends… above and beyond what I imagined for my little 24th birthday: about $700 towards bringing clean water to folks who’ve never had it. Thankyouthankyouthankyou to those who donated last year. My heart was and still is very full. 

Since it takes 18 months from the time they send the money to the field to when the well project is complete, I’ll be seeing in just over 6 months the results of that birthday present. Pretty rad. 

So I thought, hey. Why not do it again?

My goal is bigger this year: to raise $1000 by my birthday with the idea being 25th Birthday= $25 donations, though any amount will help. Even if I don’t reach it, whatever I do raise goes straight to bringing water to people anyways. Win-win, really!

Please consider helping me and mostly, helping others!

»Read more about The September Campaign Here«

»Donate to Charity: Water here«

Here’s to clean water for everyone! 

m o r g a n g s t e r

a twenty-something breakfast enthusiast just trying to find my way in this crazy world. a designer by trade, a photographer by passion, a believer by grace.
Athens, Georgia