This weekend has been pretty interesting. Mawmaw and Pawpaw have been raising quite the ruckus around the country. THE COUNTRY!! It started last month when their school/church registered with the Wounded Warrior Project. They were going to have kids from the school and church members bring in money for the whole month of February. They had big aspirations of raising anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000. So their school administrator went to the WWP website and registered and started getting things ready for the fundraiser. Then last week, they got a letter from WWP saying that they could not approve this fundraiser because it was “religious in nature.”
Well, Mom & Dad were kind of upset, but figured they would just cancel everything and sent out a letter to the school and church saying what had happened. Well several families got very upset and starting posting things on the WWP’s Facebook page. A reporter at Fox News Radio got wind of it and decided to write an article about it. Well that set off a firestorm! The article was on the front page of Foxnews, The Blaze and several other websites. WWP’s Facebook page just blew up! People kept asking why they were refusing the church’s money. Finally on Sunday, WWP started replying to people’s posts with this canned response: “There hasn’t been a change of policy or an exception made. We gratefully accept donations from churches and religious groups, and always have. Yes, we did decline a church group’s fundraising event, but it had absolutely nothing to do with their faith or status as a religious institution. They simply didn’t meet the guidelines that are applicable to all fundraising events.”
What a bunch of hooey! As you can see in the image below, their website does mention that they don’t fundraiser with religious organizations. However, it also says they don’t want fundraisers that are sexual in nature, but had no problem doing a fundraiser at the playboy mansion!
Now today, they are going even further with ridiculous responses on their Facebook page! “There has been so much confusion created by a news article that didn’t take time to get the facts. Yes, we did decline this group’s fundraising event, but it had absolutely nothing to do with their faith or status as a religious institution. They simply didn’t meet the guidelines that are applicable to all fundraising events. We’re so disappointed that such sensationalist misinformation is being spread that it takes away from the true issue- the needs of our wounded veterans and their families.”
The amount of phone calls going to Liberty is out of control. All of the staff is running out of steam and they just want this to die down. I hope it does, but I think WWP is going to be feeling the hurt of diminished donations this month for sure!