- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A middle school student in North Dakota is giving up his Christmas gifts to raise money to provide clean water in African countries.

Bridger Anderson, a sixth grader at Horizon Middle School in Bismarck, has opted to pass on presents and instead raise money for the nonprofit Charity Water for the past five years, KXMB-TV (https://bit.ly/1zaXoCL ) reported. He said he plans on continuing to forgo Christmas gifts for many years to come.

“We all have water and food while they have to work so hard to get it and it’s not even clean water. They have to work way harder than we do,” Anderson said of his decision to help others.

He said he raised $5,600 dollars for a well in Ethiopia in his first year of fundraising and raised $5,100 for a well in Rwanda in his third year. He said he has already raised $15,000 this year with the help of his classmates and teachers.

“The support that I think he has gotten has been pretty overwhelming,” said Kelsey Ledger, a teacher at the middle school.

His supporters wear festive sweaters and hats to school to raise awareness and money for the cause, Anderson said.

Ledger said Anderson’s efforts make students realize how fortunate they are.

“Well, I hope that people will start doing more stuff like that and we can help the world turn into a better place,” Bridger said.


Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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