Members of the Islamic Center of Pflugerville, Texas were shocked to find that their prayer site was vandalized when they came to worship on Monday (Nov. 16).
Following the devastating ISIS attacks on Paris, France Friday night (Nov. 13), anti-Muslim sentiments have been gaining fervor across the nation, and in this case, vandals smeared feces on the door of the mosque and on littered pages of the Quran which were scattered across the entry walk to the building.
According to Buzzfeed News, this is the first time local police have ever seen this kind of destruction and are investigating it as a hate crime.
A seven-year-old boy named Jack Swanson, upon hearing the news, decided to collect the money from his piggy bank savings -- around $20 total -- and donate it to the mosque as a show of solidarity.
His mother, Laura, said of the incident to local news station KXAN, "It's disgusting. It's gross. It doesn't matter what you believe or I believe or what he believes or anybody believes. All faith is important."
A member of the Center's board, named Faisal Naeem, told Buzzfeed that the gesture warmed his heart and that he and his fellow mosque members are working to get in touch with the boy to give him a holiday gift.
"This is very unexpected, and quite honestly quite shocking," Naeem said of the sight. "If I find the guy or girl who did this, I'd welcome them with open arms."
KXAN's video report of the incident, and Jack's offering, can be found below.