Chris Chaney, co-founder of Give Safe Water in Kansas City, Missouri, hosted Sr. Larraine for a very full week of fundraising and meeting new friends.
A guest at the Ladies' Happy Hour has her glass filled with water from a bucket and Sawyer PointONE filter.
Highest quality pure water from the Sawyer PointONE filter was a great mixer for high quality bourbon.
In Kansas City, Doing A Great Thing While Having A Good Time

When people gather together to do something good, the spirit of philanthropy (love of humankind) fills the room and enters into everyone’s heart. No matter how serious the cause may be, you can’t take the fun out of fund raising.

We saw that again last week when Sr. Larraine traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, and was hosted by the great folks who go by the name of Give Safe Water. Chris Chaney leads the group, and a host of team members planned creative events and filled the rooms with friends old and new to bring Water With Blessings to God’s thirsty children.

Proceeds from events, along with individual donations, are expected to exceed $100,000. And everyone had a great time.

There was a cocktail social Wednesday evening hosted by Amy and Jeff Hargroves. That was followed Thursday morning with a coffee social. That afternoon, Sr. Larraine attended a Ladies’ Happy Hour. And in the evening, there was a Men’s Bourbon Tasting.
A guest samples a Kentucky B&B (bourbon and branch water).

Sr. Larraine brought a bottle of Maker’s Mark Bourbon with her so she could introduce the Kansas City crowd to a Kentucky tradition – bourbon and branch water. For those of you not from our neck of the woods, a branch is an offshoot of a creek, and the water isn’t always of the highest quality.

But after running local KC branch water through a Sawyer PointONE filter, the high quality of the water was even superior to the quality of the bourbon (but don’t tell that to the Maker’s folks).

Sr. Larraine said, “It was inspirational to meet with so many people who really care about the needs of others and are just looking for a good and smart way to respond.”
Our Partners Keep The Water Flowing
We will be hearing more from our partners in the Navajo Nation over the next several weeks, but wanted to take a moment to make special mention of two important partners.

The Louisville Water Foundation provided a key gift to jump start our work. A matching grant of $30,000 gave us $60,000 at the very beginning of the effort. That meant 800 filters right away. People are still responding to our request for funding, but with around 1,200 filters, we still have a long way to go to reach 20,000.
Also, as we were heading into last weekend, we learned that our great new friends and the Navajo Westerners Ace Hardware donated 300 buckets, which will be fitted with Sawyer PointONE filters and distributed across the Navajo Nation. We are grateful to Dottie Lizer, Second Lady of the Navajo Nation, and her great team.

And soon we will introduce you to Jimmy Ryan and Harold Wilson of Native Solutions, who have become important partners in our work.

And thank you again to all those in our Community for Mission who have invested in the health of God’s thirsty children in the Navajo Nation.
With all this good news to share, please consider passing this newsletter on to your family and friends. Who knows -- they may want to join our Community for Mission and help bring clean water to God's thirsty children.
The Bucket is Filling Quickly Because of Your Generosity

We’ve been Makin’ Our Move For Hope this year, and as you can see the total support of our campaign is increasing. We’re Makin’ It Rain For God’s Thirsty Children, and very excited to be at $300,00, 75% of the way toward our goal.

Already we see the effects. As the shutdowns end and restrictions ease, we are able to invite people into our office for fund raising, meetings – or just to meet us and say hello. The expanded warehouse area has given us more room to work and increased the efficiency of receiving and shipping materials.

It’s quickly become our home – and yours.

We appreciate all the donors who have invested in our vision for the future. By having our new offices and warehouse space paid off, and expanding our marketing and development outreach, we know we will be able to reach our goal of training 100,000 new Water Women each year by the year 2030.

If you haven’t already, please consider donating to this important effort. You can contact Rebecca Stutsman, our Chief Development Officer, by calling our office or by email at Or you can click the button below to find out more.

We’re making it rain for God’s thirsty children around the world. The bucket is three-quarters full. Together, let’s make it overflow with clean water for God’s thirsty children.
Leaving Legacies of Love

Your investment in Water With Blessings is not only for our work today. They mean a lifetime of health for God's thirsty children, wherever water-borne disease is eradicated.

One reason our campaign efforts have been so successful so quickly is a legacy gift left by our wonderful friend Judy Mitchell. In addition to the lead gift for the campaign, her estate planning included other bequests for Water With Blessings.

If you would like to receive information about including Water With Blessings in your own gift planning, please contact Rebecca Stutsman, our Chief Development Officer by calling our office or emailing her at

In a different kind of memorial, Water With Blessings has begun working with the directors of several funeral homes to introduce our Legacy of Love Program. There are many generous people who, even at the end of their lives, prefer helping others. Often you will see the request in their obituaries: In lieu of flowers...

We at Water With Blessings will add another dimension to that memorial gift. The deceased person’s family will receive the names, locations, photos, and number of children of the Water Women who have been have sponsored. They can then share this information with those who have made this important Legacy of Love donation.

We ask all of you in our loyal Community for Mission to spread the word when you have the opportunity. Perhaps it can help shine a ray of hope to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

At Water With Blessings, prayer is the foundation of our work. And you may be sure that our Water Women around the world, and everyone in our Community for Mission, will be praying for those generous souls who remember and care for the poorest of the poor, even at the hour of their deaths.
Why I Support
Water With Blessings
Chris Chaney, Give Safe Water
Kansas City, Missouri

Our host for a whirlwind week of making friends, attending fun events, and raising money for God’s thirsty children, Give Safe Water co-founder Chris Chaney is passionate about providing clean water, and Water With Blessings.

“The Water Woman program meets my three criteria for a great deal: high quality, low cost, and simple,” he said.

“It’s remarkable. For $75, one Mom is empowered, trained, and equipped with a filter to provide safe water to four families, potentially for life. That breaks down to less than $4 a person drinking clean water for life.”

Chris points out that Water With Blessings does all this with a very small organization.

“Like Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, it’s no nonsense, no frills, just value and awesomeness,” he said.

“There are smart Moms all over the world. Sr. Larraine’s Water With Blessings program gives Moms who were born in the shadows a chance to shine.”
On Coffee Chat This Week: We Follow Up With Our Friends in Kansas City
This week we will hear from Chris Chaney, of Give Safe Water in Kansas City, Missouri. You will hear his passion as he gives us his perspective on last week’s activities, and perhaps lets us know if he had a sip of good ol’ Kentucky B&B...

Sr. Larraine will be back as our regular host, and we're sure she will have some more news from the Navajo Nation and our work around the world.

Some people have said that they were unable to join us for last week’s Chat with our friends in Zambia, but would like to check it out later. Well, they, and you, are in luck. Just click the button at the bottom to watch last week’s Chat.

And for all of you, grab your beverage and log in to another great Coffee Chat, this coming Friday at Noon Eastern Time. As always, we look forward to having you with us!
Join Us Tuesday Morning for CinnaBourbon Hugs & Coffee

Enjoy the best cinnamon rolls in Louisville, along with coffee from Honduras, at Water With Blessings (1902 Campus Place, Suite 11) on Tuesday, June 29, from 8-9:30 am.

A portion of the proceeds helps fund Water Women around the world.

Made with real butter, aged bourbon, delicious cinnamon (and a few secret ingredients), these rolls will become a favorite in your home or office. Hope you can stop by to try them!
Warm, gooey cinnamon rolls made,
by Captain’s Cabin in Louisville, will be available for pick up every Friday
from 8am-10am at the Water With Blessings office starting July 9. Order ahead clicking on the button nearby to make sure you can take home
your favorite flavor: original, pecan, or bacon. And yes, they can be frozen,
but they probably won’t make it to the freezer!

CinnaBourbon Hugs are delicious, and the sweetest way to support WWB.
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