Constituent sends donation of 'thoughts and prayers' to GOP Rep

Constituent sends donation of 'thoughts and prayers' to GOP Rep

A photo of a donation of “thoughts and prayers” to a GOP lawmaker has gone viral following a high school shooting in Florida.

The image of a check made out to Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) and accompanying note was posted on Reddit Friday, garnering more than 300 comments, and reported by the Detroit Free Press.

“Dear Rep. Bergman - Since you and your colleagues in Congress seem to feel that this is the solution to mass murder, please accept this contribution,” the note reads.

The check does not include a dollar amount, but instead reads “thoughts and prayers.” Criticism of lawmakers for giving “thoughts and prayers” has become a widespread response after mass shootings.

A gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, killing 17 and injuring at least a dozen more. In the days since the shooting, surviving students and parents have made impassioned pleas to lawmakers to act on gun control.


Newsweek reported that the constituent who mailed the check is a woman named Fern Malila. She reportedly posted about the donation on her Facebook page, though the post is no longer publicly available.

Bergman responded to the shooting on Twitter, writing that “as a father and grandfather, the tragic news out of Florida is incomprehensible.”

“Our hearts are with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and all students, victims, families, and first responders in South Florida,” he wrote.