Give the gift of clean water this Christmas

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 06:15 PM.

As the Christmas spirit moves during this time of year, many search for charities to which they can donate.

The Chapel at the Beach at Rosemary Beach can help with that.

The Chapel is accepting donations for their efforts to help provide clean drinking water to indigent villagers in central Dominican Republic. They are working in conjunction with the national organization Global Effects, which is headquartered in Panama City Beach.

Lee Sage, an elder in the church and a leader in the effort, said on the whole, the Chapel donates more than 50 percent of the money it takes in to missions, and they searched for a mission to support that would make a lasting impact.

"We seek to do things that help change communities, that change economics, social aspects, and their faith," he said.

Sage said there are 4,000 children under age 5 who die from water-borne diseases each day across the world.

"The people there cook over open campfires and their water is from mosquito-infested rivers or rain water which results in dysentery. Mothers try to combat it by pouring bleach into the water, which erodes the lining of their stomachs," said Sage.

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