In Solidarity With Hasel Afshar
$17,833 of $10k goal
While it was initially expected that the donations from this campaign would go to offset the costs of repairing the extensive damage done to his home, a contractor close to Hasel stepped forward to donate professional services, which will be finished soon!
After exploring different options, Mr. Afshar has ultimately decided to personally accept the donations. It is important to him that donors through this campaign are aware that the money will go to him directly so that there is no ambiguity.
We recognize that this may not be in accordance with what some donors wished to contribute toward, so please know we completely understand if parties would like a refund. No moneys have been withdrawn to ensure all donors have an opportunity to review this information. The GoFundMe team is very helpful in supporting refunding donors who contact them ( https://www.gofundme.com/guarantee-refund-policy)
Hasel is very grateful for the love and support and he has heard about this effort, HOWEVER, he has said at this time he plans to donate any funds collected to other refugees, not necessarily Baha'is, who may be less well off than he is and in greater need but not getting so much attention, according Baha'i friends in Troutdale. I don't think that I have ever been more proud. Baha'i Institutions do not accept outside contributions from non-Baha'is. Of course, this does not apply to an individual in difficulty to whom help is offered by well-wishers. But in keeping with this principle that we take care of ourselves and offer help to others, Hasel plans on donating this money.
As long a s this happens to one, it happens to all of us. Saying prayers
As a native Oregonian and a fellow human, this makes me terribly sad and disappointed that in this day and age we still have to be held hostage by hate........im truly sorry this has happened to you Hasel.....Best Wishes, and love .......
I would be terrified if this happened to me. My concern is not just for him and this event but what it represents- this is just a taste of what is to come- hate crimes fueled by ignorance and a lack of openmindness. Often times in the darkest of days it is where we curiously find the most luminous of light- Don't leave America now Mr. ashar! In the face of great hate you will subsequently experience great love- the love of friends, community and family that will Armour you. And indeed it is sadly true that no man is safe from another- no matter what plane, region, or land we flee hate will always follow. "Armed with the power of Thy name nothing can ever hurt me and with Thy love in my heart all the world's afflictions can in no wise alarm me Baha'u'llah"
I hope these waves of love can overshadow the evil acts that were inflicted on you. It is not what the majority of people in US are about. My blessings to you. LOVE.
Hasel, I am very sorry this happened to you. There are some very broken and evil people in America, but they are not the majority. I hope that you can have a happy life here, or wherever you decide may be the best place for you going forward. I also hope that law enforcement officials will find these criminals and hold them accountable to the full extent of the law. All of my best wishes to you and your community.
I want to contribute in Hasel's honor. After reading his wishes for any donations, I am wondering if I can honor Hasel by contributing directly to a cause of his choice? In doing so, all of the money contributed will go directly to help without having a percentage withheld by gofundme. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
I was very saddened to hear of the hate crime that occurred at your house. Brought tears to my eyes. I am a firm believer in love, empathy, and inclusiveness for all. There is no place for hate in this world and certainly not in America and it's just shocking to me to see such acts of ignorance , racism, and hatred. I live in California where we enjoy a bubble most of the time, with such a Melting Pot of people. Don't lose hope in America. There are bad people and ignorant people everywhere. Much love from California.
Hi Charlie-- I'd be happy to fill you in and anyone else who has concerns. I reached out to neighbors who were trying to start a support effort to offer help with coordination (I'm a public school teacher on spring break, so I had some extra time that I know others don't). The biggest request was for a GoFundMe page, so I offered to set one up. Initially, we expected that there would be obvious need for home repairs, given the extent of the damage pictured. However, within 4-5 hours of connecting with other leaders and Hasel's personal friends, it was made clear to us that he appreciates the outreach, but wishes to direct financial support toward other immigrants and refugees. He is still the beneficiary, and he is still using the donations in the spirit in which they were given. I did my best to update frequently with the level of contact we were having at any given moment, but I am sorry if there seemed to be a lack of transparency. Please message me if you have further questions. Thanks!
I'm so sorry this happened to Hasel, and by extension, your community and friends. People who do this are like the 1 person in 100 who ruins your day. 99 people were friendly, then you get that 1 jerk who makes you forget how great the other 99 were. Don't forget, most of us are the 99.
This is a lesson learned. I donated to this out of a belief that it would go the victim of the crime. Now I learn that it will be used for this or that "social justice" effort that I might or might not support. I'm not blaming Mr. Afshar in the least. I do wish that whoever started this effort had done their homework first. Additionally, I think it would be a good idea to offer refunds to those who donated with the specific intention of helping him. Yes, I know that this will sound churlish, but this particular "Go Fund Me" effort really matches the literal definition of "bait and switch." I don't think it was intended as such, but that's how it ended up.
Why not just have folks donate directly to these charities and cut out the middle man?
I look forward to seeing the list of other immigrant and refugee organizations to donate money to; I know of some, but look forward to this list so I can share. I honor Hasel Afshar's commitment to his spiritual practices.