Christians and Jews in a small Texas town reached out to help their Muslim neighbors after a fire destroyed a local mosque.
“Jewish community members walked into my home and gave me a key to the synagogue,” Dr. Shahid Hashmi, a cofounder of the Victoria Islamic Center, told The New York Times.
In addition, at least four churches offered space for the Muslims to hold their services.
Victoria is a small city about 125 miles southwest of Houston with a population of about 65,000.
“Everyone knows everybody,” Robert Loeb, the president of the town’s Temple B’Nai Israel, told Forward. “I know several members of the mosque, and we felt for them.”
On Wednesday, children from a local Catholic school marched to the mosque to form what the Islamic Center called “a human chain of love and peace.”