Is Love bigger than hate?
I certainly like to think so, but sometimes it’s hard to see it in life. Today I’m going to introduce you to GiveForward. It’s a site I first came across earlier this year and I’ve seen it pop up a couple of times since. (This is a sponsored post.)
I’m happy to introduce it to you to GiveForward, but I’m not at all happy to do it under these circumstances.
There are many forms of bullying, and the ways to do it are ever-expanding. I remember being bullied in both elementary and high school. Mostly I was just plain ignored, and I much preferred that over anything else. Thankfully as an adult I can choose to a large extent where I work, live, and and who I hang out with. Unfortunately, children don’t often have that choice.
Everyone wants to ‘fit in’ and feel they belong. Young, old, male, female, abled, disabled, we all have that in common. Personlly, I don’t understand why someone would want to deliberatly plan out to harm someone else. But this is exactly what at least three boys in Ohio did. What went on their minds I can’t even begin to imagine.
What did these boys do?
They convinced a 15-year-old boy with autism to participate in the ice bucket challenge for ALS, but instead of using ice water they had filled the bucket with urine and spit. Health implications aside, this boy must see these boys each day at school, as well as the rest of his community who knows what had been done to him. He’s a brave boy for being able to do this. He had such a kind heart to trust that he was participating in something that was going to help others. That innocent trust has now been shattered.
I haven’t told my children the whole story as it’s just too difficult for young ones to comprehend, but we have told them about it in an age-appropriate way they’d understand. It’s important to teach children right from wrong, as well as compassion,understanding, and tollerance of everyone. I’d like my children to be strong, and to stand up for what they believe in and not let the bystander effect affect them.
The bystander effect has been studied by psychologists for decades. It’s basically the effect that the more people that are around, the less likely someone is to step up and help someone in need. They will think that it’s not up to them, that someone else will do it.
What can you do?
Let’s not be bystanders, let’s take a stand together! Click over to GiveForward and make a donation, and if you’re not in the position to do that, simply leave a message of support for this family.
GiveForward was set up in 2008 and has helped families raise over $21 million for others in need. After seeing this article in the news they set up a page for this boy and his family. Their aim is to raise $5,000.00, as well as to collect 10,000 message of hope.
Let’s not let him think that everyone is so cruel. Let’s show him that love is bigger than hate!