When 7-year-old Jack Swanson of Pflugerville, Texas, found out someone splattered a local mosque with feces and tore out pages of the Quran, he emptied the $20 from his piggy bank and donated it to the congregation.
"It's 20 bucks, but coming from Jack collecting his pennies it's worth 20 million bucks to me and to our community," Faisal Naeem, a board member at the vandalized center told KXAN. "This gives me hope because this means it's not one versus the other."
Our children are our hope. "7-year-old donates piggy bank money to mosque defaced after Paris attacks" Read more: https://t.co/T1BP9B31cs— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) November 19, 2015
It might seem to be a meager contribution, but it is a brilliant example of how one should respond to hate and prejudice in the wake of terrorism.
"We were talking in the car how someone smeared poop on their church and that was a really, really awful thing to do and we had a good conversation what churches are for and how everybody's churches are important," Jack's mother, Laura Swanson, told KXAN. "I think it's really good to get kids involved and to let them know what the important stuff really is."
May God bless him & his parents for raising him this way. Child Donates Piggy Bank Money to Vandalized Texas Mosque https://t.co/zZeA4ZoGWd— Mohamed Ghilan (@mohamedghilan) November 18, 2015
Jack had actually been saving his piggy bank money to afford an Apple iPad, but sacrificed his savings thus far to unselfishly help others. When journalist Arsalan Iftikhar learned about Jack's generous donation, he immediately contacted his mother and sent a package to Jack. Inside the box, a note read:
"Dear Jack, you had saved $20 in your piggybank for an Apple iPad. But then a local Islamic mosque was vandalised. So you donated your $20 to this local Texas mosque. Because of your amazing generosity & kind heart. Please enjoy this Apple iPad with our sincere thanks :-). Love The American Muslim Community."
Muslim backlash has increased tremendously in the wake of deadly Paris attacks; however, Jack has shown how people can play a part in countering it.
Hope in the midst of hate ?? 'Cutest kid in the world' award goes to ...?? https://t.co/EKcOlHp3j3— Nabilah Khachab (@NabilahKhachab) November 17, 2015
Despite his state refusing to take in Syria refugees due to fears of radicalization, the 7-year-old Texan came forward to help fellow Muslims residents. This simply goes to show that all hope is not lost.
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