Kal Penn Raises Over $500K for Refugees After Being Told He Doesn’t 'Belong' in US
Actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn has raised more than $500,000 for Syrian refugees after a person left a message on one of his Instagram posts saying that he "[doesn't] belong in this country."
Penn posted an image of the comment on Saturday accompanied with a link to a crowdfunding page. "To the dude who said I don't belong in America, I started a fundraising page for Syrian Refugees in your name," Penn wrote in the caption of the picture.
Since then, the page has accrued more than $500,000 in donations. According to the campaign's description, the money will go to the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping "people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster."