Muslim Group Raises Over $60,000 For Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims

Now this is some great news!

This has been one of the saddest and scariest weeks this country has seen in a long time. One of Donald Trump’s crazy fans attempted to assassinate two former presidents and 10 other Democratic leaders with mail bombs. The MAGAbomber also sent two bombs to CNN. And then on Saturday a lone gunman shot up a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 and leaving 5 others injured.

The Tree of Life synagogue saw the worst in humanity on Saturday. But within hours of the horrific shooting they started seeing the best in humanity as people all over the country reached out to help.

A crowdfunding effort started by two Muslim groups began raising money for the shooting victims within hours of the deadly attack. LaunchGood is a Muslim-focused crowdfunding site. They were able to reach their original goal of $25,000 within just six hours. In less than 24 hours they have already raised over $60,000. The campaign has set a new goal of $75,000. And it looks like they will easily reach that.

“The Muslim-American community extends its hands to help the shooting victims, whether it is the injured victims or the Jewish families who have lost loved ones,” their fundraising page reads. “We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action.”

This incredible fundraising effort was started by Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change, two Muslim-American nonprofit organizations. The groups say that they will partner with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh to distribute the funds.

According to their LaunchGood page, the money will be used to help the families of the victims pay for funeral expenses and medical bills.

“Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate and violence in America,” the page reads. “We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”

 

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