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Old 08-20-2014, 03:29 PM
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I'm sorry, but I hope I'm not nominated. And even if I were I won't do it. I don't believe anyone should be forced to donate to any "good cause.". I think you should donate because you want to give out of the goodness of your own heart. Maybe this sounds wrong, but oh well. I find it a little silly.


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Old 08-20-2014, 03:49 PM
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Well, the "silliness" has raised a lot of money.

And doing it was fun.

And no one was forced to donate. I nominated four people; two did it and two did not. I am not going to their homes to make them write a check. It's their choice to do it or not.
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:55 PM
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I'm glad that people are enjoying these challenges and that a lot of money is being raised for charity. I can also understand not wanting to be forced or shamed into donating to a cause. I have to say that I enjoy watching the challenges, even though I will not be participating, even if challenged. My favorite was George W. Bush's challenge today. He really is a funny guy.
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:57 PM
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the "silliness" has raised awareness of an awful disease.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:09 PM
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It was hilarious! However I can see why some might feel obligated and uncomfortable about doing it. It's a personal choice really. It has raised a lot of money, which is awesome.


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Old 08-20-2014, 04:12 PM
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You can decline. No one is forced to participate. Personally I need a little silly in my days and most people wouldn't think of donating without the challenge.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:18 PM
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None of the people I nominated did it. That's their choice.

I know people who have lost their battle with ALS and people who are still fighting. Perhaps that is why I think this challenge, that has gone viral, and has raised money and awareness, is pure genius.

However, I understand your point, and I know others who feel as you do.
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"Good cause" ?
Old 08-20-2014, 04:19 PM
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My dad has ALS. If this "silliness" raises money to help another family not have to go through this, I'm all for it. No one is "forcing" anyone to donate money. Peer pressure is powerful, but you have the option to say no.

This "silliness" is not only helpful to people living with this disease, but it helps their families. Genuine or not, I feel supported. I feel hopeful. I'm sorry you don't agree...but that is your choice. Seeing these challenges makes me laugh on days I want to cry.

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Old 08-20-2014, 04:28 PM
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I am not doing either. I just don't want ice water dumped on my head. But I will donate a lot of money if I am nominated. If I am not, I still will, I am just waiting for this fad to die down than I will. Plus I just paid all my bills so my checkbook is a little low.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:32 PM
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I did it and enjoyed it! 2 of the 3 that I nominated have done it. The one who did not is my DH who said he wanted to be nominated. In his defense, he has been very busy and I think he will still do it. Even though I did participate, I will most likely make a small donation. I don't really feel that anyone is forced to donate since no one will be checking. It was all in fun and to bring money and awareness to a cause that many knew nothing about.


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Old 08-20-2014, 04:45 PM
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Forgive my ignorance, but how will getting doused with ice water raise money for ALS? Do you get pledges beforehand? The teachers at my school are being told that they all have to participate during the beginning of school year kick-off party this weekend. Ummm, apparently if we do not participate we will be out of favor with the administration.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:51 PM
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When it first started, it was "do the ice bucket challenge or donate $10." NOW, it has somehow changed to a required $100 donation! WTH?!?! I can't afford that, and I'm not dumping ice on my head. I was nominated on Facebook by a friend of my DDs', and I simply ignored it.

I give money to a couple of charities that are near and dear to my heart. I walk for ALS in September with one of my BF's, whose father has it. I also walk for Diabetes, Breast Cancer, MS and Alzheimer's. We do volunteer work for the local community center and wildlife rehab center. We visit the nursing home and do things for them. We are also active at church in various charities.

But we do these things because we choose them. I don't like being told to donate $100 or dump ice water on my head.

I'm glad it's raising money and awareness for ALS, which is a terrible disease. Last I heard, they had raised over $31million.
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:07 PM
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Forgive my ignorance, but how will getting doused with ice water raise money for ALS?
If nominated, you can opt to either donate $100 or dump ice water on your head.

If someone you nominate does it, you are supposed to donate $10 per person.

Of course, no one can make you do it and I haven't heard of anyone getting pledges (though that would've been a good idea!).
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:25 PM
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Well I certainly am not donating $100 if I can't afford to pay my bills as it is. I would be happy to donate $10, but I just don't like being dictated to about which charities I should donate to. When dh & I are somewhat flush we have four favorite charities besides our church that get large (in our opinion) donations. There are so many worthwhile charities its difficult to choose and I am certainly happy that ALS is raising awareness and funds, but like Ruby mentioned, we give to those charities "near and dear" to our hearts. And I don't think our admin. should make being doused by icy water a condition of receiving good will throughout the school year.
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Who started the rumor of $100 being the least
Old 08-20-2014, 05:39 PM
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Who said that you can only donate $100? I was challenged and did the ice water bath. Today I donated and there were several different options for donations with the least being $35. No one told me I was required to only donate a minimumof $100. Its a good cause and I was happy to support it!
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:54 PM
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When it started here it was do it and donate $10 to ALS or don't do it and donate $100 to your own favorite charity.

I did not like the wording of some of the challenges. I like the op like to be asked, not challenged into things.
It has had a great outcome. In the past when ALS was mentioned a lot of people knew almost nothing at all about the illness. This has resulted in not just funding but also awareness of the illness and the heartbreak it brings to families.
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:56 PM
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I just did it tonight. brrrrrr! I screamed very loudly! I thought if you do it you donate $10. If you don't you donate $100. It was fun! I of course called out my boys and two friends.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:37 PM
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Personally, I have not been nominated and am glad that I haven't been. There are charities that I regularly give to and am happy with supporting the ones I choose.

On the other hand... We live in a society in which people are materialistic, consumer driven, and self-centered. There are too many people who never think of others or donate to a charity. The ice bucket challenge has taught an important lesson, more than bringing attention to ALS. It has reminded thousands of people, of all ages, the importance of giving. It is refreshing to see people inspiring their friends and family to support a cause and give.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:44 PM
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I just don't get it. To me it doesn't raise any more awareness than the "what color is your bra" posts for breast cancer. I've heard the word ALS a lot lately, but I have heard zero facts shared about this debilitating disease. I have a dear friends with ALS and this all kinds of irritates me. I don't feel like anyone is understanding her struggles. I've seen Facebook friends that are so ignorant they don't even know the "purpose" and just pour water on their head for the thrill of it.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:17 PM
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I agree anngirl, it seems like it's become a fad. It is a horrible disease. When I taught fourth we read a story about Lou Gehrig.( hope I spelled it right, tired) My students were so curious about what ALS was we looked it up and they learned all about it and really showed some empathy about it.
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There are informative posts:
Old 08-20-2014, 07:38 PM
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Here are some, and if you post them to your FB, it will keep the information going.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater

http://www.upworthy.com/the-last-ice...-it?g=3&c=ufb1

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Old 08-21-2014, 05:40 AM
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I've seen Facebook friends that are so ignorant they don't even know the "purpose" and just pour water on their head for the thrill of it
I agree. It is another fad like the cinnamon challenge or any other online challenge. People are dumping water on them for the attention/likes/views. I have to seriously question how many are donating or spreading the facts about the disease
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:02 AM
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that most of your donation goes to pay the people who run the ALS charity? Some of it goes to advertising/fundraising but not much goes for research. It's sad.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:05 AM
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I'm sure no one would be picky about a donation...whether you choose to donate $10 or $100, it's still a good thing. I didn't do the challenge, but my DD was nominated by her buddies on instagram, and she was super excited to do it. If you can do a good deed and have fun doing it, I say go for it.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:23 AM
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Found this on fb and hope you watch it.

http://www.upworthy.com/the-last-ice...-see-it?c=ufb1

The individual in the video makes some good points regarding ALS research and pharmaceutical research.

As with any charitable activity, its purpose is to bring the issue to the forefront - which obviously the ice challenge has.
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:32 PM
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Watching my grandfather die from this horrible disease was awful. I am glad these challenges are bringing attention to it.

When some of my friends did it, they challenged the others to another worthwhile charity. My understanding was that if you do it, you donate $10. and if not, $100. I don't think anyone comes collecting though. I'm glad I wasn't challenged but donated to their charity anyway.

I think $100. is a bit much for a lot of people. maybe they should say a donation of any amount?
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It's a little sad...
Old 08-24-2014, 08:36 AM
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that some people will donate money to an important cause only if they get their narcissism fed. I suppose it doesn't matter HOW money gets raised, but it certainly says a lot about our people and their need for attention.
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