Tragedy hit a local mosque in the town of Peterborough, Ontario. A fire as a result of a suspected hate crime had claimed this small local mosque. This mosque represented the only Muslim place of worship in the town and surrounding area according to the above linked article.
In an act of neighborly compassion, generosity, and concern, town residents of Peterborough put together some fundraising efforts and as a result of their efforts and the contributions of this town, the necessary funds to rebuild the mosque were collected in less than a single day! Damages to the mosque amounted to about $80,000 according to police, who also stated that while they have no suspects or explicit motive, they can determine that the fire was indeed deliberately set and are treating this incident as a potential hate crime. The total amount of monies raised to rebuild the mosque exceeded $110,000 according to sources.
In the meantime, community churches have offered their assistance and space for the local Muslim community to gather for their worship services.
Hopefully you read the linked article and are touched by the message that Peterborough is sending to the rest of us. We cannot allow fear of differences and diversity get in the way of doing the right thing. We cannot allow fear to dictate our behaviors and our capacity for basic human kindness. We are so much better than bigotry and racism and discrimination.