Father Criticized For Setting Up Fund-Page To Help Pay Bills For 18-Month-Old Son Shot In The Face
When Michel Beshay, moved his family from Egypt to New Jersey, he thought it would be safer for them. With all the terrible stories coming out of the area, the United States seemed like a safe haven in comparison. This proved to be a bad decision for Beshay, as he was himself, was shot at during work one day- and in a completely separate event his son was hit by a stray bullet in the face.
He says that he left a good job in Egypt to move to what he thought would be a safer place for his family. In Jersey City, New Jersey, Beshay got a job as a food delivery driver. One night during work, someone opened fire right in front of him and though he wasn’t hit, a bullet lodged in his trunk which served as a daily reminder of that night.
The Jersey Journal reports, Beshay said, “he passed it off as a random incident that wasn’t really a threat to him or his family.” That was until his own son became the victim of the random violence in the city. That is when, he said, “he can no longer afford to think of violence in the city in that way.”
“Beshay’s son, Mina, was sitting in the car, when a stray bullet grazed the boy in the face. It was the middle of the afternoon. The eighteen-month-old spent two nights in the hospital and was required to have emergency surgery for his injuries.” Beshay had no choice but to take a leave of absence from his job to care for his son. He turned to the internet for support, setting up a go-fund-me page to help with the medical bills. The page said:
“I am asking for donations for moving expenses so me and my family can move out of Jersey City, and to cover differences of medical expenses and experience a better life without worry. I would also like to fix my car, so I may drive my kids to and from school with a car that has no bullet holes in it. I am asking as a father and a human being.”
But for some reason the internet shot back at Beshay, claiming that he was using his son to make money. He was shocked at the responses he received from a few commenters on the page. He ended up taking the page down which had already raised $1,350 of the $25,000 goal. He says “some of the comments kept him up at night. “I don’t want people to say I’m trying to make money from my 18-month-old,” he explained.
Beshay plans to move out of the Jersey City neighborhood, but he says he will do it on his own. “I don’t need anyone to help me, ” he said, vowing to return the money that was already raised.
Article: Jersey Journal