ice buckets and charities

10Sep14

It was almost a month ago that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral. From my understanding, if you were tagged by a friend, you had 24 hours to dump a bucket of ice on your head, or you had to donate $100 to the ALS Society. (“had to” donate. Yeah.)

After the first round passed through, I saw a lot of naysayers, especially from my native state of California, riddled with drought. Wasting water. (True.) Waaahhh waaaahhh, you silly people dumping water all over you.

While I’m not a fan of the Ice Bucket bit (I think it’s just part of the Look At Me! selfie culture) I also didn’t want to just be a Negative Nellie about the whole thing. Instead, I encouraged people–and encourage you, right now–to find your local ALS Society chapter to learn more about the disease and volunteer your time, if not donate.

As someone who lives in Western Washington, here is the link to the Seattle chapter of the ALS Society. ALS is a devastating disease that rapidly kills.

In fact, whenever you donate to an organization, I encourage you to learn more about not only the organization itself, but whatever you are raising money for–whether it be ALS, MS, or a non-medical charity. Do continue to support those around you…

But support doesn’t always come in the form of money. And it definitely doesn’t require dumping ice all over yourself.

Did you know that you don't have to pour a bucket of ice water over your head to donate to charity?

Did you know that you don’t have to pour a bucket of ice water over your head to donate to charity?

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