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Menlo Park family helps raise more than $16 million to reunite immigrant families

Original post made on Jun 21, 2018

After seeing a striking photo of a 2-year-old child crying after being separated from her family by border patrol agents, Charlotte and Dave Willner of Menlo Park last Saturday morning set up a fundraising campaign on Facebook. Five days later, they've raised $16.73 million -- and counting.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 21, 2018, 11:55 AM

Comments (15)

Posted by menloparkmom
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jun 21, 2018 at 12:27 pm

So grateful that this MP family created the fundraiser for RAICES!
anyone who is appalled by the administration's callus and cruel treatment of families with innocent children hoping to immigrate to this country should contribute to this worthy cause.
ALL non native born Americans were immigrants once.


Posted by Menlocat
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Thank you to this thoughtful family. It is hard not to feel discouraged and yet they DID something! I am very grateful.


Posted by Do you see the hypocrisy?
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm

I appreciate the compassion and care extended to families at the border. But do you see the hypocrisy that Menlo Park is harming poor families in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto through it’s irresponsible development approach?

Web Link


Posted by Alise
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 21, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Now if we would only take care of our own or those atempting to enter legally with such compassion and generosity.


Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Alise - how sad that you don't know this - they are trying to enter legally.


Posted by wut about
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jun 21, 2018 at 2:31 pm

Yes, let's also take care of our own, @Doyouseethehypocrisy and @Alise.

The marvelous Willners have set a model for you: find an appropriate, efficient, useful local organization and go raise $10 million to help locally.

See? Much better idea than putting up some whataboutism posts!

Or just compliment and support them. Try this on for size: "Great job, Willner family and supporters!"



Posted by Alise
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm

wut about - with your own 'whataboutism' post, you just assume that giving only measures up if I raise equivalent money. I spent 12 years of my life helping children and families living in the worst poverty - places you would never want to see, let alone live. What dollar value do you give to 12 years of your life?

The giving is a political statement fueled by the media, full stop. I know this sounds heartless, but I'm pointing out hypocrisy, not a lack of compassion for children and families. There are statements and videos of Obama, the Clinton's, Dianne Feinstein, and others sharing the exact same views as Trump about immigration. Families were in detention centers while Obama was in office - where was the outrage then? Where was the compassion then? Why didn't we hear about this during the Obama administration on the mainstream media 24/7? Oh, that's right it's political, therefore hypocritical and not based on compassion at all.


Posted by wut about
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jun 21, 2018 at 7:55 pm

>>Why didn't we hear about this during the Obama administration on the mainstream media 24/7?

See: whataboutism

Children were ripped apart from their family and then shipped across the country, as recently as last night.

Somehow to you, that's a "political statement fueled by the media, full stop." Welp, that's only half a stop from "fake news". Sit back, enjoy your evening Fox.

Best...


Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 21, 2018 at 8:39 pm

Brian is a registered user.

It is great to read a story about a family doing something good for people only to then be spoiled by the bickering and irrelevant posts in the comments


Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm

Brian is a registered user.

Great job Charlotte and Dave Willner. Thank you for taking action while most sat idly by or voiced condemnation while doing nothing. This policy was an atrocity and as unAmerican a thing as I can imagine. Glad you stood up and made a difference.


Posted by news reader
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 22, 2018 at 11:04 am

"After seeing a striking photo of a 2-year-old child crying after being separated from her family..."

It turns out that the girl in the photo was not actually separated from her mother. Not surprisingly, the White House is latching onto the media's mischaracterization of the photo as "fake news". Sadly, this turn of events will end up further polarizing folks on both sides, instead of moving us toward a workable solution.

The most even-handed writeup I've seen recently is this one. It pulls no punches and takes both dems and repubs to task for their failures both now and in the past. The title is annoying clickbait, but the article itself is informative and fairly balanced.

Web Link


Posted by wut about
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jun 22, 2018 at 11:32 am

The Federalist is "even-handed"?

Their wesbite was run by a Red State guy a couple years ago. Heartland related. Anti-LBGT. Stridently anti-choice. Gone from the right to the far right. Published that it was okay for 35 yr old Roy Moore to 'date' teenagers. IOKIYAR. Primary goal is a conversation between conservatives and libertarians. Was against Trump for a moment, now fawns over him (sound familiar?)

But hey - pick apart one photo and ignore the thousands. Thoughts on the stellar job done by the Wilners?


Posted by Same Old Nonsense
a resident of another community
on Jun 22, 2018 at 1:33 pm

But don't you know, wut about -- the unofficial -45 spokespeople on this board know they have absolutely no way to defend the policies in question. So all they have left is massive, massive amounts of whataboutism.

Different day, same script.


Posted by I don't care - do u?
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 22, 2018 at 4:03 pm

Can you believe what she wore to the child internment camps?

I'm so embarrassed to be a republican. I'm done.


Posted by VernL
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 22, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Wow, Charlotte and Dave you have truly touched my heart. Thank you.


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