Saluting Doc Hendley, Founder and President of Wine To Water

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Ordinary People/Extraordinary Things
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Doc Hendley: Wine To Water

We are familiar with the first miracle that Jesus performed in the Bible. He attended a wedding where the host ran out of wine for the guests. Mary, Jesus’ mother told him about the dilemma the host of the wedding was in and Jesus asked the servants to bring him water in stone water vessels that he divinely turned into wine. Hence, with this incredible miracle, the wedding commenced as planned.

In 2003, Doc Hendley, Founder and President of Wine to Water dreamed up the concept for his organization, while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. In February 2004, Doc held the first fundraiser and in August of that year, he lived in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of government-supported genocide. After returning home, his experience in Darfur encouraged him to make the goal of his organization expand globally. After working two jobs while volunteering his time for over three years, Don turned his dream into reality.

Wine To Water is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. Nearly one billion people in the world today lack access to adequate water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. We are devoted to fighting this epidemic. Wine symbolizes fortune in our society. The goal of Wine To Water is to allow Jesus to turn His miracle around for the needy people of this world who can’t fight for themselves.

“When the idea came to me to start Wine To Water,” says Hendley, “the only real world job experience I had was tending bar. I dreamed of building an organization that fought water related death and disease using completely different methods than anyone else. So I started raising money to fight this water epidemic the best way I knew how, by pouring wine and playing music.”

Doc Hendley certainly deserves the spotlight for our Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things spotlight. Voted as one of the 2010 CNN Heroes, Doc was recognized for responding to a need to reduce human suffering for the least of these. We are certainly inspired by Doc’s story for taking what he had to work with and turning it into something that would make a lasting impression around the world. Thank you Doc, for the great things that you are doing to make this world a better place, with no strings attached.

Favorite Things for a CAUSE salutes you for the positive impact that you are making for those who do not have access to clean drinking water. We also invite you to visit Wine To Water and feel free to make a donation to this very worthy cause!


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