Hope In A Bottle
"When was the last time you saw a public water fountain?" That was the question that stopped me in my tracks. The question was being asked by a stunning, soft spoken Texan that looked hauntingly familiar and who I would later find out was a force to be reckoned with.
Elena Davis founded I Am Waters after she encountered a homeless woman going from car to car asking for water during a blazing hot Houston summer day. That woman changed the trajectory of Elena's life when she realized that water is not easily accessible for those in deep poverty.
Think about this for a minute. There are people who don't have access to clean drinking water. We know that. But did you know that this is true down the street from where we live, work, and play in the cities across the US? It seems unfathomable.
Elena is no stranger to adversity, nor to a trajectory change. When she was a teen, living in poverty in LA she was "discovered" - and was whisked off to Paris to become a super model. (You would totally recognize the stunning founder of I Am Waters - and you should stop and say “Hello!” if you ever see her standing at a table in Whole Foods selling bottled water that helps fund the I Am Waters organization.)
I Am Waters delivers water and messages of hope to its shelter partners in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New York. Recently, Elena reached out to her fashionable roots to coordinate the donation of gowns of your dreams from fashion designer Mark Zunino. From the gold and black holiday dress (here), or the intricate lavender floral stunner (here), to the tweed suiting (here) or the black fringe ala' updated flapper style dress (here) - the clothes that arrived were beyond what we were expecting. We admit to playing dress up, and we invite you to shop the Mark Zunino collection benefitting I Am Waters.
Think about the last time you saw a public drinking fountain. And consider all the reusable water bottles you tote around. Then buy a dress and do something for those that have so little. Elena says "Homelessness is crisis of poverty." We invite you to learn more about the homeless crisis in the US as well as the work of I Am Waters.