September 22, 2014

We Have the Power to Change the World - Let's Prove Love Conquers Hate To An Autistic Child That Was Bullied

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of GiveForward. Information was provided by GiveForward but all opinions are 100% mine.
You may have read this article about an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge prank being played on a 14 year old autistic boy in Bay Village, Ohio. What happened is unimaginable. I am helping share this fundraiser on Give It Forward help to prove to this boy that there is more love in this world than hate. This terrible prank played on anyone especially a special needs child is disgusting, appalling and heartbreaking all at the same time. I cannot imagine the pain this has caused this boy and his family.

So when GiveForward came across the article they did what they do best and started a fundraiser. This fundraiser was started for this boy to show him love, rather than hate, and to teach him that he is a hero for knowing that was wrong and being able to come out and talk about what happened. You can help by either donating or even just by sharing. 

However, GiveForward knows that not all people know what to do when they see these things in the news. 98% of the time we stand by idly and watch life go by. When we see a tragedy or injustice on the news, we say "what a shame" and then we flip the channel and proceed to do NOTHING about it, as we expect someone else will step up and help.

GiveForward wants to change that. They want people to know there is an outlet.

GiveForward is the world's #1 fundraising site for helping people in need. They help people come together and give support when they need it most. Since 2008, they have helped families raise over 120 million to help cover their expenses during hard times or honor the people that they care about.

For more information on helping a 14 year old autistic boy feel the overwhelming support that he deserves right now or for more information on GiveForward, please visit their website.

We have the power to change the world, I truly believe that one person can make a difference. Can you imagine the difference hundreds and thousands of people could make?

32 comments:

  1. I do believe that they are doing a great thing bringing awareness to what happened to this little boy.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I seem to have missed what happened but I certainly don't think "pranking" a special needs child is in any way shape or form good.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't see much about it on the news after it happened but I did read about it over social media. I truly hope that all 5 participants are charged with a crime!

      Delete
  3. So sad! It takes one person to ruin a good thing. I can't believe they did that to that boy!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ok, this is wrong to do to anyone, but especially an autistic child. I’m outraged by this! I hadn’t heard about this before. I’m against even the smallest acts of bullying and this is taking it too far.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This bullying was absolutely criminal! The whole thing is outraging!

      Delete
  5. That was a terrible thing; I was so sick when I read it. To take a challenge meant to raise funds for an amazing cause and turn it into a prank to torture someone with special needs is appalling! Thank you for posting this. Something needs to be done to show that there's hope for this world!

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a great thing you and others are doing to show him that there is not just cruel people but good people too. This just shows how cruel people can be to prank a special needs child. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree Rebecca. I hope as well as others can lead by positive example.

      Delete
  7. I have an autistic 13 year old son and he doesn't understand when others are not being respectful to him. By the time it is gross disrespect it has gone way too far and it breaks my heart. I feel for this child. Watching that video killed me. I can't imagine the horror his parents felt. We try to protect our children and sometimes terrible stuff still happens.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for sharing Athena! The video is heartbreaking! I have friends and family with Autistic children and I cannot imagine this happening to any of them.

      Delete
  8. I read about that! It is SO sad that there are still so many bullies everywhere in the world. I truly do wish that everyone would learn to spread love instead of so much hate. Perhaps someday. I do think it is really amazing what Giveforward is doing, though! I'm hoping to be able to donate once I get a decent paycheck. Thank you for sharing. <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is incredible sad! Please share with your friends if you can. Thank you Jennifer!

      Delete
  9. I have read about that prank and was so saddened by it. This is a great way to bring awareness and stop this bullying.

    Michelle F.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bullying has to stop. People take things way too far and it can destroy lives.

      Delete
  10. Bullying is not cool. Thanks for writing this post.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Bullying can happen to anyone and this is such an unfortunate event.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Unbelievable that humans can be so uncaring. Very disappointing.

    ReplyDelete
  13. People can be so horrible. I'm glad they are bringing awareness to issues like this. I also love the name of the organization!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh I was so sickened by what happened to that autistic boy in the ALS challenge, but like so many others...what can you do? I am so glad I found read your article...and read about GiveForward! What an amazing thing! So neat everyone can give just a little even if they do not have much...but every little bit helps...and the comments for that boy are so amazing! I have a nephew with low functioning autism, and one with a high functiong aspergers mix...so this really touches my heart!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mine too Laura. Thank you for reading, I hope you can pass the information along.

      Delete
  15. Never heard of GiveForward before but sounds like it helps out alot of people!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Unbelievable that humans can be so cruel and mean

    ReplyDelete
  17. I read this and thought how truly horrible this must have been for this boy. To be so trusting and have it go so wrong. I agree that each of the boys involved should be punished. And as a added bonus to their punishments I think that they should have to work with Autistic children for a few months so that they learn what it is like for an autistic child and what they go through on a daily basis. Maybe it would give them a better understanding of why what they did was so very wrong.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jill for your heartfelt comment. I could not agree more.

      Delete
  18. I think it is a great thing to bring awareness to this, but the whole situation was heartbreaking.

    ReplyDelete
  19. It's a shame special needs children (and adults) are treated so poorly. Thanks for helping to hopefully enlighten people to just how special these people of all ages are.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I had not heard of this story, how heartbreaking that they would prank an autistic child. Thanks for the story and I think the organization is doing a great thing.

    ReplyDelete
  21. That was so horrific. I am not sure what kind of people can raise children that think it is amusing. timothyj228 AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for commenting!

Pin It button on image hover