The gofundme page for the three St. Landry Parish churches that burned is now exceeding $500,000 in their goal to reach $1.8 Million.
The page, set up by Ruth V. Jack, the Finance Secretary with the Seventh District Baptist Association, saw a surge in donations Tuesday. That page went live April 10, 2019 but many people sharing the page on Twitter commented on donating to the churches following the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Some high-profile tweets have the donations growing by the minute.
As we hold Paris in our thoughts today, let’s also send some love to our neighbors in Louisiana. Three historically black churches have burned in recent weeks, charring buildings and scattering communities. If you can, contribute to rebuilding funds here: https://t.co/OSteYWzU9v
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 16, 2019
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 16, 2019
The outpouring of support for the #NotreDame is wonderful to see, but the three historically black churches that were destroyed by fires in less than 2 weeks in Louisiana still need a lot of help rebuilding. You can donate to their @gofundme here:https://t.co/ueNZAnXeVY
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) April 16, 2019
The money will be distributed between the three churches according to officials.
A separate GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Greater Union Baptist Church.
They are looking at a goal of $100,000. They have only raised a little over $1,200. That go fund me can be found here.
Holden Matthews was arrested in connection with those fires. On Monday, he was formally charged with hate crimes. Read that story here.