UPDATE, Aug. 12: The fund indeed hit a million today ($1,027,175), two months exactly after Rachel's birthday, and less than a month after the drive began.
Aug. 3 - Rachel Beckwith, you might recall, hoped to raise $300 by her 9th birthday, June 12, 2011, for a safe drinking-water campaign.
She fell a little short, but was able to gather $220 in donations before she was fatally injured in a July 20 crash on I-90. Stories about her death included details of her clean-water fund-raising, and the donations began rolling in. A few hundred, a few thousand, and, as the Bellevue girl's story spread around the world, suddenly a few hundred thousand.
Her family was amazed that, within days, more than $200,000 poured in to her designated organization, Charity: Water.
They watched in amazement as donations gained even more speed--a quarter million, then a half-million dollars within a week. People wondered if the total would hit three-quarters of a million.
The donations themselves became a story, and in the past few days, NBC and CBS both followed up, and even more donations rolled in.
It is really something: More than 22,000 people have given $787,152 as of today, the two-week anniversary of her death. An $800,000 total is clearly within sight.
There are 19 days left before the drive officially ends, and now people are wondering if the total will top $1 million. At this rate, it will.
Either way, says her mother, Samantha Paul, "I am in awe."