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Don't Ice Human Kindness

August 24, 2014 - Nick Hansen
It's been a weird, disconcerting couple of weeks.

My Facebook feed has been saturated with ice bucket videos. It's been all over the internet and as with any meme, there is backlash. Some think we should be paying attention to more pressing issues like Ferguson, ISIS, and Ebola. Some think it's a waste of water. And some are just sick of seeing it on their social media sites.

On those last two: 1) Shorten your shower by five minutes. Water your lawn less. Skip a few bottles of Evian. Soon you'll offset any wasted water. 2) Get off your damn phone and go outside.

On that first point, I agree. The events in Ferguson and the killing of James Foley have given me many unsettled nights over the past few weeks. They have chilled my bones and cut through my heart. Finding solutions will take dialogue, reflection, and ultimately, action. However, I believe the answers don't lie in criticizing people's kindness towards a worthy cause.

The Ice Bucket Challenge finally came to the Independent yesterday. There was talk of me being challenged. And that's fine, but I'm not going to do it. I won't be donating to the ALS Association either, not because I disagree with their mission, but because there are other issues that burn brighter in my heart. However, I will keep that spirit of kindness going by donating $25 each to two causes that mean a lot to me.

Be the Match Foundation- This foundation is dedicated towards to helping people with life-threatening blood cancers get connected with bone marrow donors. The step-father of a good friend of mine was diagnosed with MDS a few months ago. It's been a tough go for my friend and her family. One little thing people can do a little thing by signing up to be in the bone marrow registry. I did. It's simple.

Fisher House- Fisher house is a network that provides free or low-cost lodging for military families while their loved ones receive treatment at military hospitals. I believe that housing is the last thing those families should worry about while healing.

So, whether you dump ice on your head or not, don't criticize the kindness of others, spread it.


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