You would think that donating $3000 would be an easy thing to do, but apparently not. Hemant has finally managed to find someone to take that amount that was initially donated to replace funding pulled by an American Legion to the parks in Morton Grove, Illinois. But they turned it down, as did the local library board. Finally, a food bank has accepted the donation. But then there’s this:
“I can’t believe how hard it is to get rid of $3,000,” Mehta said in a YouTube video, announcing plans to give the money to the food pantry.
Township Supervisor Lee Tamraz originally said he thought township trustees — who also serve as pantry foundation board members — would likely meet to decide whether to deposit the donation.
“We could certainly utilize the funding,” Tamraz said prior to the check’s arrival.
Tamraz was not aware of the deposit when reached by phone today. He said trustees would have met had the donation been addressed to the township, which it was not.“It’s immaterial to me who the individual is making the donation,” he said. “We should be appreciative of the donation and make sure it is used to the benefit of the people of Niles Township. I’m grateful for the $3,000.”
His only concern, he said, was that other donors would pull funding, thinking the pantry was making some kind of political or religious statement.
“There is a definite need, and I don’t want to jeopardize that need,” he said.
Think about what that says about any donor who would stop helping out the food bank. Imagine the person who would say, “You accepted money from atheists to help feed the poor? Then fuck the poor, I’m taking my money and going home.” Of course, that’s basically what the American Legion did in the first place.