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    So dh is oppose to the Bucket Challenge because he says it is an inappropriate way to raise money by pressuring people to donate or else face some degree, even if minor, for not participating. He does acknowledge that they have successfully raised a lot of money... But I guess feels that the ends doesn't justify the means.

    Anyway, do you think this is a valid argument?
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    I actually agree with him, in a way. It's been great because they've raised so much money and a lot of people are having fun with it, so that is a huge positive. But if someone were to nominate me I'd be upset. I HATE being cold and would never dump ice water on myself and I am not in a full time job yet and can't donate that much to charity. So it would be a lot of pressure, and I don't think that's really fair.

    That said, if I were working full time I wouldn't care because I'd just donate.

    Also I'm shy and would never be in a video on social media.

    But technically I agree with him.

    p.s. it started in my town!!!!

    p.p.s. My favorite one so far is Bill Gates

    p.p.p.s I do think it's done great good....but I hope people are only nominating other people who would like to be nominated.
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    A friend of mine shared a link to an article that here in CA we shouldn't be wasting water on the ice bucket challenge. Which is a valid point.

    I think it's been in good fun! It's awesome that so much money has been raised for ALS.

    Donations for any charity are often a result of high pressure sales tactics/peer pressure/guilt.

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    If someone were to nominate me, I would not be dumping a bucket of ice water on my head, nor would I be donating $100 to a group that I do not know how they are spending the money. I do not think it hurts to raise awareness, and if someone wants to do it, that is great, but no one should feel like they HAVE to. I have seen several articles on FB asking people not to participate, saying that the group the money goes to uses aborted fetuses in their study. I do not know if that is true or not. Several people responded that if you had a problem with that particular organisation for whatever reason, that you could donate to another group that supported that same cause and they listed their information.
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    I have seen lots of people switch up the charity to something they had a more personal connection to, which is great.

    Some people actually post links to the charity and ask people to donate, and others are just posting wacky videos of themselves. Seems like a mix.
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    I have also seen people post that they are accepting the challenge but donating to something else instead.
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    I think it's been an amazing way to raise awareness for the charity. Yes, I hate being cold and wet, but I figured it was such a temporary thing that I sucked it up when I was nominated. I did donate to asla.org, and also to a local runner who races to raise money for wells in Africa.
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    My DH's uncle was recently diagnosed with ALS so this is a disease that is very near to us right now. He will most likely be gone within a few months, he is going downhill really fast.
    I happen to like the challenge right now, it makes me happy to see all the attention that ALS is getting right now. But if I am really honest I may be annoyed with it if I wasnt so emotionally invested in ALS right now
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    I saw an annoying article about a celebrity who wouldn't do it because the ALS foundation do research on animals. I get that, but why couldn't she just pick a different charity then, and donate?

    I am slightly annoyed by the whole thing but truly amazed and in awe of the donations. That part is wonderful.

    My favorites so far:

    Bill Gates
    Foo Fighters (who re-enacted the scene from Carrie)
    Tina Fey (who got her daughter to do it, dressed like her, and then said she was going to donate instead)
    and the winner ...
    Patrick Stewart

    A friend of mine who is a court reporter set up a whole thing where he's picking the names to nominate from the device that he types on, and he had the water dumped on him with his formal suit on. He's actually the Chief Reporter at the U.S. House of Representatives so it was pretty funny!
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