An early-morning fire on Saturday sadly destroyed the Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas which, according to the AP, was a target of hatred several years ago and experienced a burglary just a week ago.
By Monday, more than 18,000 people pledged nearly $900,000, surpassing the mosque’s goal of $850,000. “Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the tremendous support we’ve received,” the fundraising page stated. “The outpouring of love, kind words, hugs, helping hands and the financial contributions are examples of the true American spirit. We’re so very much thankful and appreciative of everyone’s thoughtfulness.”
According to a Tweet from the Islamic Center, an “investigation is still ongoing on the cause of fire by local, state, FBI, and ATF. The outpouring support from our wonderful Victoria community and all over the nation have been phenomenal! UNITED WE STAND! Please don’t politicize the tragedy! Stay United.”
A donor said on the mosque’s GoFundMe page: “My family and I are so sorry this has happened to your mosque; this is both tragic and shameful (if someone set the fire). It is senseless and we send prayers and best wishes for you all.”