As a thank you for their kindness over 100 years ago, the people of Ireland have banded together to donate millions of dollars to a Native American tribe.
Keep scrolling to read the remarkable history of this friendship, and to hear about the current efforts to help the struggling tribe…
The country was in the midst of what is today known as the Great Irish Famine, or sometimes the Irish Potato Famine.
And, lasting for over 4 years, the famine led to over 1 million deaths, mass emigration, and a permanent change to the country as we know it today.
But, little did the Irish know, help was on its way, and it was from the most unlikely of people.
A tribe from current-day Southeastern US territories had somehow heard about the ongoing famine and decided to help out their transatlantic friends.
Years earlier, around 60,000 Native Americans were gathered by the government and were forced out of and relocated from their ancestral homelands.
An estimated 4,000 Native American’s died while journeying the “Trail of Tears”, mainly as a result of starvation, disease, and exhaustion on the forced march.
This particular tribe sympathized and decided to help out as best they could.
$170, to be precise.
And they sent it over to the Irish in a bid to end the devastating starvation.
And it undoubtedly helped a lot across several starving communities.
Back then, contact and communication across the Atlantic were limited, and the 2 countries had had barely any contact with each other at this point.
The Irish have evidently remembered the kindness of the tribe, and have decided to give a little back.
The Navajo & Hopi tribes currently have a high number of elderly, diabetic, asthmatic, and cancer-afflicted residents and, when the current virus came along, they only began to struggle more.
And several more are seriously unwell.
To pay back their debts from the famine, a group of grateful Irish citizens has decided to start a fundraiser to help the tribe during these difficult times.
And, remarkably, the organizers soon began to notice a trend across the donations.
And leaving comments such as, “We will never forget your kindness,” “From Ireland with love,” “Returning the kindness and grace shown to us during the famine,” and, “Happy to repay a debt owed by Ireland.”
The donations have continued to pour in, and it didn’t take long for it to reach $1 million.
It is truly remarkable.
Non-perishable foods, and sanitary products have also been donated to the struggling tribe.
My faith is officially restored in humanity.
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