— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) November 19, 2015
After an Islamic Center in Pflugerville, Texas was vandalized earlier this week, some locals decided to fight hate with love. Among them was 7-year-old Jack Swanson, who donated the entire contents of his piggy bank to the mosque.
Although the building itself was not physically harmed, cleanup costs are said to total about $150. The vandals reportedly left ripped up pieces of the Quran streaked with feces all over the front of the mosque, which led Police to classify the incident as a hate crime.
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Jack's donation totaled $20, that had "originally been collected in the form of pennies over time."
"Jack's $20 are worth $20 million to us because it's the though that counts," said Faisal Naeem, a board member at the mosque.
%shareLinks-quote="Jack is just a little older than my son, Ibrahim. If we have more kind-hearted kids like them in the world, I have hope for our future." type="quote" author="Faisal Naeem" authordesc="board member at vandalized mosque" isquoteoftheday="false"%
%shareLinks-quote="Naeem went on to speculate whether the vandalism to his mosque was connected to the November 13th Paris attacks." type="spreadWord"%
"A few individuals who did what they did, they don't represent 1.6 billion Muslims. They don't represent me for sure and the Austin Muslim community."
Laura Swanson, Jack's mother, supported her son's heartwarming decision to give (literally) every penny to his name to the mosque:
"It doesn't matter what you believe or I believe or he believes or anybody believes," she said. "All faith is important. And especially peaceful faith ... We should all be here supporting each other."
%shareLinks-quote="This gives me hope because this means that it's not ... one versus the other because two years, 10 years, 50 years -- I'll be gone. But my kids and Jack, both Americans, born here are going to grow up together." type="quote" author="Faisal Naeem" authordesc="board member of vandalized mosque" isquoteoftheday="false"%
Watch how others are taking after Jack Swanson and fighting hate with love:
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