By now, many of us have either witnessed or participated in the popular “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” that has taken social media by storm in the last several months. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was started in an attempt to raise awareness and funds for those who suffer from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); a devastating disease commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.
The challenge includes pouring a bucket of ice or water over your head, then posting the video to social media and nominating friends to do the same. Overall, the purpose of this challenge is to make a financial contribution to the cause and then encourage your friends to do the same while also making a – splash – on social media. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge quickly became a hot social media trend and the ALS Association has raised over $94M. Learn more about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and the ALS Association here: www.alsa.org.
Despite the increasing popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on social media, there are those who choose to give privately or contribute in other ways. At the YWCA Cass Clay Shelter, we witnessed an act of true, selfless giving from two kids who were inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The kids recently moved to Fargo from an area of the country that is often in a drought. After being nominated for the challenge and learning more about ALS; the kids related the devastation of the disease to the devastation of being homeless. One of the kids described it as, “ALS must be what it feels like to be homeless; like you have no control.” It was their former, dry living environment and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that sparked their idea to donate water as it is a precious resource that is often taken for granted. Ultimately, the kids decided to donate 4 cases of fresh water to the women and children at the YWCA Shelter. Learn more about the YWCA Cass Clay here: www.ywcacassclay.org.
We are very grateful for this act of kindness and compassion. Whether you can give a little or give a lot, whether you want to partake in a social media trend or give privately, just remember: every cause matters and every donation counts.
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