Supporting a Friend in Need

By: Chaunte McClure

June was a popular month for some rather interesting Facebook challenges. I have friends who warmed up to the idea of participating in the cold-water challenge. Though not everyone followed the rules, here’s how the social media dare worked: Decide which charity you want to support. Record a video and call out your friends you’d like to participate in the challenge. Have someone pour a bucket (or a cooler in some cases I saw) of cold water over your head. Upload the video to Facebook, tag  the friends you’ve challenged. They have 24 hours to create their cold-water challenge video or they have to donate to a charity. If they accept the challenge, they donate $10 to the charity, if they don’t, they donate $100 to the charity.

I saw other variations, too. In some videos, if you did the challenge, you didn’t pay anything. (Still doesn’t make sense to me.) Participating in the cold-water challenge seemed to be more about having fun than actually supporting the charities. I have to admit, some of the videos were quite entertaining.

The gospel challenge soon followed and some Facebook users showcased their vocal talent while others … well, let’s just say, they were a little off key. With this social media fad, people challenged their Facebook friends to upload a video of themselves singing a gospel song. Joy Cover’s rendition of “God’s Trying to Tell You Something” from “The Color Purple” was one of my favorites.  If I had a voice like Joy’s, I would have taken anyone up on the challenge.

Needless to say, I didn’t take part in either challenge, but I felt compelled to reach out in the name of helping a friend in need. After learning of a friend’s sickness and her family’s plea for help with medical expenses, I posted a challenge to some of my Facebook friends to donate to a fund for Felicia Moore.

Who is she? She’s not famous or anyone I expect you to know, but you don’t have to know someone in order to help him or her. I will say that she is one of the few people I’ve encountered in life that I couldn’t truthfully say anything negative about. She has always been such a humble, kind, smart and loving and helpful young lady.

Felicia is a kindergarten teacher who has been diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure. Just a few months after starting dialysis, she was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult some days probably are for Felicia and her family, but I want to help and I’m extending an invitation to you to do the same.

How you can help:

  1. Pray. No explanation needed.
  2. Sign her online guestbook. Share a few encouraging words.

I’m Chaunte McClure, challenging you to help someone in need.

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