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Saving Lives One Glass of Water at a Time

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Each year, more than three million people die because they don't have access to clean water and many of them are children.  Now, some area restaurants, with the help of a group of Charlottesville students, are working to change that.  From March 20th to March 26th when you go to participating restaurants you can donate a dollar for the glass of water you usually get for free.  That dollar will go to UNICEF's Tap Project which provides clean drinking water around the world.   

Six Charlottesville students including, Jacob Goodkin, made a Public Service Announcement or PSA to bring water to kids around the world where clean, safe drinking water is scarce.  They teamed-up with Lighthouse Productions in Charlottesville.  It's a non-profit media center where teenagers learn how to make movies.     

"We planned out what the week was gonna to be and stuff and then we brainstormed up ideas and we chose three that we really liked," Goodkin said.

The PSA is about a little girl who knows 900 million kids don't have access to clean water.  She fills up a balloon from her faucet, gives it wings and throws it out of her window to fly to thirsty kids but instead it falls on her father's head and bursts.  

"And her dad takes her to one of the restaurants that's working with the Tap Project and shows her that there's a much easier way," Goodkin said.

Last year, 15 restaurants participated in the Tap Project in Charlottesville. 3,100 glasses were sold.  This year almost 20 will ask diners to give a dollar for their free glass of water.

"We do participate for the whole week and ask people if they'd like to donate a dollar and have a jar out if people want to donate additional funds as well," Trisha Farley, Retail Manager at HotCakes, said.

Participating restaurants: Ariana Kebob, Aromas, Bang!, Blue Moon Diner, Bluegrass Grill, The Biltmore, Boar's Head Old Mill Room, The College Inn, Duners, Eppie's, Horse & Hound Gastropub, HotCakes, Ivy Inn, L'etoile, St. Maarten, Shebeen, Three, The Virginian, and West Main.

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