If you haven't seen all the ALS ice bucket challenges plastered on every social media site, please tell me what it's like living under a rock. :)
I'm not going to lie, I secretly prayed that no one would nominate me. But, I was nominated. Prayer denied.
Here's the thing: I like my clothes, and I buy high end foundation. Basically, I felt like having cold water dumped on my head was a waste of time, effort, and makeup. So when I was nominated, I decided I would just write a check. (Notice I didn't say donate online. How hipster of me.)
But, here's the other thing: I rarely put my hard earned money to work for something or somewhere I'm unfamiliar with. (The exception being those poor teens trying to raise money for their church in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. What can I say? I've been there in the sweltering heat. The struggle is real.) So, I did a little research, and it was made apparent to me that the ALS Association partners with clinical researches, NEALS ( Source: http://www.alsconsortium.org/our_structure.php), a group that participates in stem cell research.
Now we could argue over the ethics of stem cell research until we are all blue in the face. But, truthfully, I would rather get an ice cream and not fight. Suffice to say that I cannot fully endorse stem cell research, nor those who participate or partner with those who do. I cannot, in good conscience, participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge.
But, I've been called out to do something. So instead of giving my money to a group I feel iffy about, I'm going to donate online (hello, 2014) to Save the Storks, a nonprofit active in saving the lives of unborn children, something I'm passionate about. To learn more visit savethestorks.com .
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