Sunday, June 19, 2016

Vandalized IA gay bar takes church youth group donation, fixes damage itself, sends money to Orlando

On Thursday, for the second time in recent weeks, Blazing Saddles, a gay bar in Des Moines' East Village was vandalized by rocks through through a window. The latest incident will cost $191 to repair.
    This time, a Christian youth group from the Two Rivers Church showed up with a $160 donation, flowers and cards to show their support, accompanied with cards and flowers. (The vandalism was reported by news media.) The Des Moines Register said the bar accepted the money but will not keep it.
     Bryan Smith, a Blazing Saddle employee, said the small act of kindness meant a lot to their community, but they thought the money needed to go someplace else.
"We thanked them profusely but said 'we're actually going to put this in our Orlando fund, OK?'" Smith said.
The bar has been gathering donations to send to the injured victims and families of the 49 people killed in the Orlando massacreat the Pulse nightclub.

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