Sunday, November 6, 2016

Honoring Donation, With Contribution to House of Ruth

Back in 2011, when this blog first started, I mentioned making a donation to a charity to honor Maura's life. I have to say, after so many years and adventures, I simply forgot about this. At the time, I was quite confident that Maura was the victim of a homicide. Today, I believe she is most likely alive and in hiding (and may be continuing to hide in order to protect a child) - though I can't say that for 100% certainty.

Tomorrow I will honor this commitment with a one-time donation to the House of Ruth, an organization that protects and hides women who have been the victims of domestic violence.

You can learn more about the House of Ruth and donate as well by following this link.

**UPDATE**
The Murray family spokesperson has asked that I donate to a couple specific charities. The final breakdown will be this:

House of Ruth: $200
Project Jason: $150
Molly Bish Foundation: $150

Best,
James Renner

16 comments:

  1. Just adding insult to injury from what I see. Why did you give less money to their choice? Just don't get you sometimes.

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    2. I'm going to leave this up as an example of the kind of emails I've received in the last week. The charities the Murrays recommended are getting $300. The charity I support is getting $200. I think that is more than fair.

      What was meant as a nice gesture, to honor a promise I made in 2011, has been twisted to various agendas.

      This, like many things in the case, is a no-win for me. There would be criticism no matter what I chose to do with the donation.

      I don't know about you, but $500 is still a significant amount of money for me and and my family. Giving to these charities is supposed to be a good thing. But the trollish commenters have once again tainted the gesture.

      I don't know. It's disappointing. I know the majority of the people who visit this site are good people who are as sick of this as I am. I'm sorry you have to put up with this as well.

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    3. I think it's pretty incredible you're giving $500 - no matter how it is split up and I don't see it as the commenter does. You were going to give $500 to a charity that you believe aligns with what likely happened to Maura. The fam asked for others, and you are giving the majority of your donation there. As my mother says, "Don't let the assholes get you down!"

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    4. James has donated half a grand of his money. How much have you helped others today?

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  2. Donating ANY money in this pot economy is the decent thing to do. Helping families of the missing and the murdered is what we were taught as children in school.

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  3. A very cool gesture, and good on you for being true to your word, and also respecting the Murray's with this.

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  4. Hey 6:33-How much money did YOU give, hmm?

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  5. Very cool James for donating that money to great charities. I visit this site occasionally to see if there's any news and never comment, but today I decided to because the comment above about you "adding insult to injury" is just ridiculous. It's best to ignore those that have nothing to offer besides negativity, because only a miserably negative person would see your very kind gesture that way.

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  6. it was a nice thing for you to do!!

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  7. Bravo James. This is the right thing to do. I remember the Molly Bish case very well living in Rhode Island at the time.

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  8. Bravo James. This is the right thing to do. I remember the Molly Bish case very well living in Rhode Island at the time.

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  9. Yay, Molly Bish foundation!!

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  10. I also would like to add that you should delve into the Molly Bish murder for your next pet project. I'm about 5 years younger than Molly but we're from the same small town. My sister was her classmate and it hit the town VERY, VERY hard.

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