Rebecca Vitsmun, the tornado survivor who went viral when Wolf Blitzer asked her if she "thanked the lord" after she survived the Oklahoma tornado, and she calmly replied, "actually I'm an athiest," is receiving thousands in donations from an online community called Athiests Unite. Through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, Athiests Unite is calling for donations to Vitsmun to help her and her 19 month-old son get their life back together. They have set a goal of $50,000, and at the time of writing, they are close to $47,000. Athiests Unite explains their campaign as such:
The impact of getting Rebecca and her family properly housed by the atheist community will do far more good than sitting in bars or chat rooms mocking people of faith. Like religion, free-thinking will be more easily spread through compassion and decency.
It's important that our community shows that we have your back when you come out publicly as an atheist.
Let's show the world that you don't need to believe in a god to have human compassion nor does all charity fall under the banner of religion.
Let's get this courageous woman and her family back in their own home.
We dont know the exact cost of putting a family back together when you dont even have a toothbrush anymore so we randomly chose 50,000 dollars as a goal. And that's probably low-ball.