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A North Carolina nonprofit that faced local backlash for rafting off a rifle to raise money for young athletes and cheerleaders was inundated with nationwide support following coverage on Fox News Digital.
“In a time when our world has felt so small, so godless, so dark and so lonely, our world grew brighter this past week,” a mother with the East Henderson Youth Football and Cheerleading League (EHYFCL) in East Flat Rock, North Carolina, to Fox News Digital. “From coast to coast there has been a tremendous wave of support not only for our league, but for our community as well.”
As Fox News Digital reported on September 4, EHYFCL refused to cave following attacks from some locals for offering the winner of their Carbine Patrol 15 M-LOK 16″ fundraiser, an ArmaLite 15-style rifle with a suggested retail price of $1,299 Football players in the parent-run league are between the ages of five and 13, and members of the cheer team are between the ages of four and 13, according to the organisation.
“We started this fundraiser with the expectation that it would raise enough money to buy a few new shoulder pads, some new padded football pants, which we are in dire need of, and that we have enough money to take us through to the next season,” said the mother. “What we never expected was for a parent to take her complaints to the local news station instead of having a conversation with us. That’s particularly frustrating. We certainly didn’t expect to be headline news on across the country.”
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Young athletes with the East Henderson Youth Football and Cheerleading League, who were overwhelmed with the support of Fox News readers.
The parent who disagreed with the award selection, believing it inappropriate for a children’s league, was quoted anonymously in local media, telling ABC affiliate WLOS, “I was honestly shocked when I got the message that the kids going to be selling. assault rifle because of what is happening in schools across the country. I thought it was in very bad taste for them to choose a weapon that is used against children.”
The mother said the initial stories about the league draw were full of “false headlines, misleading reports and misinformation.” He added that some articles “took direct quotes from our page and changed our own words to promote their own narrative.” In Fox News Digital’s Sept. 4 article about the backlash, the mother explained that the league’s raffle followed the law and that the rifle offered wasn’t even an assault rifle by definition.
“Some reports even added information that puts our children at greater risk than selling tickets to a legitimate raffle ever would,” the mother continued. “Our practice locations were broadcast in one article, other articles reported us as schools in our area. We have received hate mail, nasty messages, ignorant opinions, pushback and even a local artist thought it would be nice draw a comic trying to illustrate his version of how he thinks this draw works.”
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Support for the kids of the East Henderson Youth Soccer and Cheerleading League poured in from nearly every state following Fox News Digital coverage.
“All of that pales in comparison to the love and encouragement we’ve seen from all over this great nation,” the mother said of the support overwhelming the league. following Fox News Digital coverage. He said support started pouring in from Texas, then the story caught the attention of their neighbors in the Carolinas. Before long, donations and kind messages were pouring in from all over the U.S. “There aren’t many states that we haven’t had at least one person reach out from,” he said.
“We are so grateful for the blessings that God has provided us through this ridiculous backlash,” said the mother. “We have far exceeded our goals, and now we have the ability to pass on those blessings to others in need. We have read every message, transaction note and e-mail that has come our way. r supportive messages coming from retired and active military personnel, law enforcement officers, firefighters, co-leaders of youth organizations, teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and grandparents who are trying to save our backward society. “
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“They thank us for standing our ground, for volunteering our time to support our future, for loving these children, for praying for them; for teaching them to have a backbone, to stand up for what they believe in, to protect our constitution. rights and not to abandon bullying Everyone wants to talk about bullying, but no one wants to stand up against them When someone finally stands up, they are punished, not the bully. enough,” continued the mother.