Earlier this week, people across the world were saddened about the fire that demolished the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Many taking to social media posting memories, photos and sending prayers to Paris.
In light of this horrible tragedy, three “historically black”, Louisiana churches destroyed by an arsonist, have seen a surge in donations and are getting much deserved fundraising attention.An online fundraiser for the three churches, located in St. Landry Parish, has received more than $1 million as of this morning. The majority of donations came in since tragedy struck in Paris.
Fire destroyed the three places of worship during March 26 and April 4. Holden Matthews, the 21 year-old son of a local sheriff’s deputy, was arrested and charged in all three incidents. Matthews is facing arson and federal hate crime charges.
The three churches affected are St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, LA, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, both located in Opelousas, LA.
According to Huff Post, GoFundMe gave credit to a twitter user Megan Romer for helping push the St. Landry Parish fundraiser on Twitter just hours after the Notre Dame fire broke out. “If you are going to donate money to rebuild a church this week, I implore you to make it the black churches in St. Landry Parish”, she tweeted. Also noting, the Catholic church has more than enough of its own funding. Never even mentioning the more than $1 billion that has been received since the cathedral was destroyed.
Several other Twitter users followed suit and tweeted about the Southern Baptist churches, urging people to send donations. Former FLOTUS Hillary Clinton was one of them. She tweeted “As we hold Paris in our thoughts today, lets also send some love to our neighbors in Louisiana.”
This is a developing story, we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.