Ansel Elgort, Justin Timberlake, and More Celebrities Risking Brain Freeze for Charity

By Sarah M. Smith

Unless you live under a rock, it’s hard to ignore the latest social movement that’s taken over Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram one icy bucket at a time. The Ice Bucket Challenge to strike out ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has flooded newsfeeds across America, after originating in the computer of Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with the incurable disease in 2012. Over the last few days everybody’s been doing it: Your neighbor, his dogs, professional athletes, and, of course, celebrities. From Martha Stewart’s salon dunk to Ansel Elgort going shirtless for a good cause, it seems like there isn’t one person in America who hasn’t poured icy water on their head in support of ALS research.

Here’s how it works: When nominated, you must either accept the challenge and fill your bucket or donate $100 to ALS, then ask others to do the same. If you haven’t gotten iced yet, it’s only a matter of time. The latest ALS campaign has led to a 1000 percent increase in donations to the cause. So after you entertain yourself with these iced out celebs, head to the ALS Association and donate. Then maybe send a tweet of encouragement to those stars who have yet to take up the challenge. (They’re waiting for your nomination!)

Ansel Elgort

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