SPOKANE, Wash. – People around Spokane were disgusted when someone scrawled a hateful message on the local Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. Instead of focusing on the negative, everyone came together.
Graffiti was found last week on the outer wall of the center. The center is meant to help all the kids in our area.
When KREM 2 News checked back in with the center they said they have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the community. Freda Gandy is the director of the center and said she was humbled by the support.
“For us to rally together and standup against hate has been amazing,” she said.
One by one members of the community grabbed brushes to paint over the hate.
“It’s amazing to see that their intentions didn’t come to fruition,” Gandy said. “The community reacted in a different way, so we’re very proud of that.”
In just one week’s time, the center said they received a tremendous amount of donations both financial and otherwise.
“We’ve gotten flowers, food, financial contributions,” she said.
Gandy also said they have received lots of cards and encouragement and inspiration.
Someone also donated security cameras to the center. Chaps Bakery said they will provide pastries once a week for the next month, and other local restaurants have donated as well, Gandy said.
“Just way more support than I ever expected would happen and we’re so grateful.”
If you would still like to help, Gandy said the center is in need of car seats for their foster car visitation program. They also need art supplies for the kids and still have families who need help during the holidays.