Defensive end Lawrence Jackson is 26 years old today but, instead of gifts, he would like to give back to a worthy cause.
“We oftentimes forget how blessed we are – we have an abundance of a lot of things,” he said. “I’ve gone back and forth year after year of not wanting birthday gifts from people and this year it was presented to me to help fund wells and safe drinking water. When I saw that opportunity, I took it as a way to get everybody involved and contribute a 26-dollar gift or more for my birthday.”
The charity is mycharitywater.org, which helps fund clean water projects in developing nations.
“I know it started with a guy who, for his birthday, had all his friends over and asked them to put in 29 dollars,” said Jackson. “Then he took all that money and used it to buy water. I also know a bunch of celebrities have done it before, so that’s kind of where I got the idea from.”
This is the first time Jackson has done this. As of right now, he has raised $3,335 of his $5,000 goal.
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