Showing Love Conquers Hate for an Autistic Child that was Bullied

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As a mom, hearing a story of bullying breaks my heart.  I don’t understand how people can be so cruel and I cannot bear the thought of such behavior towards my own babies.

This story not only breaks my heart but it makes me sick to think of this boy being treated with such indecency.  It is just wrong.

In Bay Village, Ohio three teens challenged one of their fellow students, a fourteen-year-old boy with Autism to take the ALS Ice bucket challenge. But instead of ice water, the teens dumped a bucket off the roof of a house filled with urine, spit and feces on the teen.

Can you imagine?  I am appalled for this boy and his parents.  I cannot imagine their heartache.  But for the purpose of public awareness, they have decided to share the story.  And that is when Give Forward heard about the incident and became involved.

I was recently introduced to Give Forward, an on-line fundraising site, that allows everyday people like you and me to start a fundraiser and show support for someone when they need it most.  To show this boy and his family that love conquers hate, Give Forward has started a fundraiser for his family.  They want him to know that he is a hero for recognizing that what happened was wrong and being able to share it with others.

Often when something bad happens, it can be hard for people to know how to help.  And often, the more people surrounding the person, the less individuals are inclined to do.  There is actually a term for it:  bystander apathy.  Have you experienced it?  Something tragic happens and because there are many other people present, you don’t take any action to help.  You assume someone else will step up.

Give Forward provides a compelling opportunity to respond to injustice and tragedy.  We don’t have to stand by and do nothing.  We can start a fundraiser.  We can contribute to a fundraiser.  And we can show love and support to someone who needs it.

If you would like to join me in supporting this Ohio boy and his family, please click here to donate. #love>hate

Disclosure:  I am being compensated for this post, but please know I believe in this cause and have donated personally.  All opinions are my own.  And if you are curious about the amount of donation that actually goes to the individuals, I am quite impressed with Give Forward’s 99.5%  rate.