I admit it – for awhile there I was in the naysayer camp when it comes to the Ice Bucket Challenges that you’ve probably seen all over Facebook.
Seriously I thought how can it matter when people are just dumping water on their head and probably not doing anything else?
And then I slowly started to realize that all the sudden these challenges for ALS were going viral and people that had never heard of ALS were talking about it. A disease that is not as recognized or rallied behind such as cancer or diabetes was finally getting a moment in the spotlight. Awareness for ALS was finally coming to the light.
And then…. I watched this Ice Bucket Challenge video. It’s not kid friendly and does have some language in it but the truth is there. The reason that this challenge matters is there…..
And now people are stepping up to make sure that money gets donated.
Dwight Howard from the Houston Rockets (win this year guys!) is donating $5 for anyone that posts a challenge with hashtag #DwightHowardALS on Twitter or Instagram by Friday morning. Learn more here.
And if you’re in Houston, Gallery Furniture is donating $50 for everyone that comes to their north location Friday at 6PM and does the challenge!
As far as people complaining about the excess water use, I get it… I do. It’s easy to rant and rave about things. But here’s the fact – we do live in a very blessed nation that can spare a few buckets of water. If this bugs you than can I suggest you take a different kind of water challenge. Either way, if you do the ice bucket challenge or take a challenge for the Water Project, you’re helping others.
At the end of the day, that’s what matters. Not that your FB feed is being clogged with funny videos but that this country is coming together to help those that need help.