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ICY WATER FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Beatnix owner accepts popular challenge to highlight serious issue of human trafficking

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Beatnix Cafe owner Sandra Ceballos braves an "ice-bucket challenge" on Tuesday on behalf of the Beautiful Dream Society, which fights human trafficking.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Unless you’ve been under a rock the past several weeks, you’ve heard about the “Ice Bucket Challenge” that is the charitable sensation that is sweeping the nation.

And while the challenge – which involves dumping a bucket of ice-cold water over someone’s head in lieu of raising money for a charity like the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Association – has been criticized for focusing on fun rather than actually donating money to a charity or being wasteful of water, there are those who do see it as truly making a difference while raising money at the same time.

In fact, Red Dirt Report’s most recent poll question is “Have you taken the ALS ‘ice bucket challenge’?” While 83 percent reported they had not, six percent replied “yes” and “11 percent said “Not yet, but I plan to.” There is certainly a lot of interest in the challenge.

And so today it was an ice bucket challenge accepted by Sandra Ceballos, owner of The Beatnix Café in MidTown Oklahoma City. She has since challenged others, including employees at Beatnix.

Ceballos announced on Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday that she had accepted the challenge to donate to have a bucket of ice water dumped over her head. And so with the help of two Oklahoma City police officers who happened to be in the café, the frigid water cascaded out of a large garbage can and over her head. Despite the shock of the cold water, Ceballos kept a smile on her face.

Inside the café, up on the front counter, Ceballos kept a large glass jar where donations were accepted.

Ceballos told Red Dirt Report that the challenge was for the Beautiful Dream Society, a Christian humanitarian organzaition founded by Jennifer Crow, who works with Oklahoma-based Victory Church. Ceballos is a member of Victory Church, led by Pastor Jon Chasteen.

According to BeautifulDream.tv, Crow had a vivid dream in 2008 involving the African nation of Lesotho and a mother crying out for help. This led to Crow and others to investigate further and discover the terrible problem of human trafficking. Eventually a safe house was built there in Lesotho, followed by “the Dream Home,” for victims of human sex trafficking here in Oklahoma.

Today’s challenge, Ceballos said, “is to bring awareness to the issues we have here in the city, the issues of sex-trafficking in the city.”

Ceballos also noted that the Dream Home does a lot for women locally who were trapped in human sex trafficking, counciling them and helping with their children. The Dream Home was opened last autumn and was officially certified by the state of Oklahoma.

To learn more and to donate to this important cause, go to www.beautifuldream.tv

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