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BuzzFeed reporter, David Mack, examines the uplifting story of a 7-year-old, Pflugerville, Texas boy who donated the entire contents of his piggy bank to a local mosque that was vandalized following the terrorist attacks in Paris. Mr. Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

A Little Boy Donated His Piggy Bank To A Mosque Vandalized After The Paris Attacks

“That kid is hope,” a mosque member said.

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David Mack | Mashable | 11/18/15

On Monday morning, following the terrorist attacks in Paris, a mosque in Pflugerville, Texas, was damaged by vandals.  The Islamic Center of Pflugerville, located in a strip mall near Austin, was smeared with feces and pages torn from the Qur’an. Police told BuzzFeed News the case is being investigated as a hate crime.

Faisal Naeem, who sits on the mosque’s board, told BuzzFeed News he was giving interviews with local media outside the building on Monday when he noticed a little boy and his mom looking on. “I just thought they were watching on. This isn’t New York, so when there are a lot of TV cameras, people stop to look,” he said. “But when I finished, the kid came over and gave me $20.”


A Small Donation Can Add Up To Make a Huge Impact for Your Organization

Although 7-year old Jack’s savings added up to only a small donation amount, his unselfish gift made a big impact nonetheless.  Not only did his story go viral on social media, but was also picked up by numerous television and radio media outlets, inspiring people everywhere and demonstrating to all that every little bit can make a big difference.

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In an update to the original story, Buzzfeed reported that after the Muslim community learned that Jack was saving up his pennies to buy an iPad, they sent him one as a thank you for his selfless and generous act.

Custom Donation Forms Make It Easy To Give Small Donations

Nonprofit organizations need all the help they can get, and while small donations on their own may not seem like they’d make a big difference to your fundraising goal, collecting enough of them can start to add up to a significant amount. Custom mobile-friendly donation forms that not only provide suggested amounts, but also allow the donor to enter in their own amount will make it possible for those with only a small donation to give to contribute what they can to your cause.

Give your donors the opportunity to give from their heart, regardless of the size of their wallets with mobile-friendly fundraising forms that offer suggested amounts and a field to capture even small donations.

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