Throwing cold water on good deed just wrong
by Chris Collett, columnist
August 22, 2014 11:50 PM | 4060 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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There is dare that is sweeping across the land called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Many in Cherokee County have taken part in this challenge to raise money to fight ALS. Even former President George W. Bush was on the news as he took part in this fundraiser.

As I am not an active participant in this endeavor, I can’t tell you exactly how it works. But I will describe it the best way I know how. Folks challenge one another to pour a bucket of ice water over their head. How the money gets donated, I really can’t say. Nevertheless, donations are made to go toward fighting this terrible disease.

Even though I have not participated in the ongoing event, I applaud those who are taking part to raise money for a worthy cause.

Sometimes, I like to think that everyone thinks like me. Normally, I realize in a millisecond that they don’t. As a matter of fact, there are a few that have been quick to point out their differing opinion. That’s one of the many things that make America great.

There are people actually bashing those that are answering the ice bucket challenge. For some reason, they don’t like it. They are tired of seeing it. They are tired of hearing about it. I can only guess they somehow find it offensive.

This is the society we have become. For every good deed done, there will be someone who finds something wrong with it. If the fact that people are pouring ice water over their heads is offending you, you have far greater issues that need to be addressed.

If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. That is OK. But there is no need to try and spoil it for the ones that are enjoying it.

Could it be that the people that are always negative have never suffered through any trials in their lives? I don’t know.

Daddy’s got Alzheimer’s. Granny and Granddaddy Collett had Alzheimer’s. Granny Free died with cancer. Granddaddy Free had a heart disease. My cousin Lance died with leukemia at the age of 6.

Our family has seen tragedy. Many of yours have, too.

Speaking for myself, create any challenge you want to raise money to fight any of these terrible diseases and I won’t take offense. Neither will my family. And I say that without asking them.

So, before running to judgment on those that are trying to do something good, remember this: Tragedy doesn’t know your bank account. Suffering doesn’t know your status in the community. We are all subject to having our worlds torn apart in the blink of an eye.

As for you that are taking part in this fight against ALS, don’t be discouraged by those that speak negatively about your actions. March on in your quest to raise money for this cause. Who knows? Your actions could be the start to finding a cure that people in the future might be spared from suffering with this disease.

In conclusion, there is nothing written anywhere that says we can’t have a good time while fighting for those who are in need. As a matter of fact, a little laughter will probably go a long way to sustain the momentum of the fight.

We have a lot of people in Cherokee County who are willing to give. Some I know. Some I don’t. But there is a lot of giving that goes on within the boundaries of our community.

Even in the economic downturn, people somehow continued to give to charities that benefited those in our community, our country, and abroad.

If you are suffering from ALS, my prayers are with you. If you have taken part in the ice bucket challenge, I pray that you get a special blessing for your efforts when you least expect it.

Most of all, if you are one of the people who find all of this a bunch of silliness, I would ask that you join me in celebrating the fact that many people are doing what they can to make a difference in others’ lives.

We have places in our country now that are in turmoil. The riots in one city have dominated every news outlet in the country while continuing to stir people up. That city has problems.

We have folks pouring ice water on their head for a cause.

Just once, I wish good deeds would be met with kind words.

Chris Collett is a lifelong resident of Cherokee County.

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Melissa Gillette
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August 23, 2014
All I have to say to those who are "tired" of seeing the Ice Bucket Challenge is this......When one of your family members has ALS you better be thankful as I am that for once there will be enough funding to try to find a cure for this horrible, painful, awful disease. For ONCE people will know what you are talking about when you mention ALS. For ONCE people will know it is a real disease that destroys a person making them a shadow of who they once were, and not a made up disease. You don't like it? Don't watch it and keep your trap shut while those who are effected by this disease embrace the long prayed for hope that is now being delivered.
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