Notre Dame fundraising efforts inspire people to donate $1 million to rebuild burned Louisiana churches

In less than two day, donations to help rebuilding the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have reached one billion dollars. The incredible kind gesture have inspired people to donate for rebuilding three churches in Louisiana that were intentionally burned down, CNN reports.

The intentionally set fires burned three historically black churches in rural St. Landry Parish — about 30 miles north of Lafayette — St. Mary Baptist Church on March 26, Greater Union Baptist Church on April 2 and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on April 4.

With around $1.8 million needed to rebuild the three churches, more than $150,000 have been donated last week. However, on Tuesday, the GoFundMe campaign reached $1 million. All after the campaign was widely spread on social media in the aftermath of the Notre Dame devastating fire. So far more than $1,400,000 have been raised in donations.

“It’s a blessing,” the Rev. Gerald Toussaint, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, said of the money raised. “It’s going to help our community. What the devil meant for bad, God’s going to turn it into something good.”

After the announcement that the French most wealthiest donated huge amounts of money for the historic cathedral, went viral the donations for Louisiana churches reached the incredible $1 million milestone.

The GoFundMe. started by the Seventh District Baptist Association is working with government officials and local leaders to make sure all money raised is given to the three churches, according to the event page.

The man accused of setting the churches on fire is the 21-year-old, Holden Matthews. He pleaded not guilty to the three counts.

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