Turning something negative into something positive, four women joined forces to create Pennies In Protest. They raised over $14,000 in response to last month’s visit from the Westboro Baptist Church.
And they topped it off last week with a thank you note.
“We were amazed and overwhelmed by how our city came together to support our Jewish and gay communities and send such a powerful message of love and kindness,” organizer Patience Salgado said. “It is our hope that this is just the beginning of a new wave of kindness work in our community.”
The text of the note read:
Dear Westboro Baptist Church,
We wanted to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks for your recent visit to Richmond, Virginia. As a direct result of your visit, our community was united in an overwhelming show of love and support and hundreds of people were inspired to donate to the very organizations you were protesting. Thanks to your presence in our city over $14,000 was raised for the Virginia Holocaust Museum, The Weinstein Jewish Community Center, The Jerusalem Connection, and the Hermitage High School Gay Straight Alliance. In addition, direct donations were made to The Fan Free Clinic, Richmond Friends, Equality Virginia and ROSMY, and organization serving Richmond’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. We are truly grateful for the role you played in spreading such love and tolerance throughout our community and beyond.
Yours in love kindness,
Pennies In Protest”
Saguldo started the fundraiser with fellow Richmonders Jessica Lucia, Sara Heifetz, and Sarah Allen-Short. For more information on Pennies In Protest, click here.