Harpers Ferry boy has raised $35,000+ for safe drinking water
HARPERS FERRY – Evan Frank’s life changed four years ago.
[cleeng_content id="588563968" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]At age 8, the Harpers Ferry Middle School student saw a video at church promoting the nonprofit Water for Life. The organization raises money to help communities in Cambodia, Rwanda and other nations build wells to provide residents with safe drinking water.
Evan was so moved he wanted to donate his college fund, his father explained. The youngster persisted in his request and finally his parents told him he could donate to Water for Life by raising money on his own.
He started off selling brownies for the cause and soon had collected more than $240.
At Christmas and his birthdays, he asked for donations for Water for Life instead of presents. He’s also hosted a banquet and continued to bake batch after batch of brownies.
He doesn’t see himself as extraordinary.
“I never really thought about it like that,” he responded when asked about his determination at such a young age. “No matter what, we all have a choice to help people or turn our head.”
So far, Evan has raised more than $35,000 for Water for Life and he continues to work to raise more by speaking about the organization at churches, schools and to other groups.
Evan’s goal is to raise enough money to build 100 wells. His fundraising has paid for six so far.
Recently a visit to the Shepherdstown Rotary Club led to a stop at Canterbury Center of Shepherdstown, where he added another $300-plus to his lifetime total.
Samantha Viands, recreation coordinator at the Canterbury Center, said the residents were impressed with Evan’s demeanor.
“He’s not your typical 12-year-old,” she said. “They loved him.”
The center started collecting money for Evan and Water for Life after resident Dolly Forkey expressed desire to use her 25 cents in bingo money for a children’s charity.
Residents held a doughnut fundraiser and then Evan came to speak and accept a check, she said. Musician Steve Warner came along to provide entertainment.
In addition to raising money for Water for Life, Evan speaks about and hands out bracelets for “L1FE,” a movement he started to persuade people to aim to tackle one good deed every day, he explained.
All the money Evan collects goes to Water for Life, and then, Paul Frank said, his son goes about being a 12-year-old.
“He realizes God put this in his heart,” he said.
Want to know more?
For more information about Water for Life, go online to waterforlife.org.
Evan’s father Paul Frank said the family researched the nonprofit and stays in close touch with the organization’s leaders throughout his son’s fundraising.
To talk about partnering with Evan Frank on a Water for Life fundraiser, contact Paul Frank at 724-3004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.