STATES CHRONICLE – Matt Wilbourn, who is the founder of the Muskogee Atheist Community, made a 100 dollars donations is his organization’s name to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home. You would think there is nothing special about this event. What happened after that, surprised him. The children’s charity refused its donation because they are funded by the American Baptist Churches Association.
He said that he was called by a lady who told him that his donation could not be accepted as it would go against everything they believe in. Matt Wilbourn did not give up. He e-mailed the director saying her that he would raise the amount to 250 dollars. Moreover, he and his wife launched a fundraiser for the children’s charity home. They managed to raise more than 28 000 dollars from the kids. The money comes from religious people and atheists who were shocked by the response he got.
Many people supported him because they did not understand why the children’s home refused the money. It should not matter who gives the money as long as he/she wants to help. There were a lot of online supporters who thanked him for fighting back with love. It would have been easier for him stop trying helping the kids, but it seems he understood that they have no fault and somebody should help them.
Murrow Indian Children’s Home should think again before refusing a donation. As many people said, anything matters for those kids and the fact that somebody wanted to donate money has nothing to do with what they are believing in. The children’s charity have existed for a long time because people helped them by giving money or volunteer. There are 36 children in state custody who live there and it runs more than 500 000 dollars a year.
The officials said they had nothing to comment even after they heard about the fundraiser. Moreover, they deleted their Facebook page because there were a lot of comments from people who blamed them for not taking the money.
Matt Wilburn decided he will donate 5 000 dollars to the charity’s home by using his name or a friendly church. We are glad he did not give up because those kids need help and they are not aware of what officials decided for them. The church should be open-minded and understand that people who want to help others are good people, no matter what religion they have.
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