An Overlea woman said she will return the $43,000 in donations she received through an online fundraising campaign she began after claiming a neighbor complained her yard was "becoming Relentlessly Gay."
Julie Baker who created the GoFundMe campaign, wrote on the site this week "it is with a saddened heart that all donations will be returned," citing "taxes and an overabundance of resources."
Baker started the fundraiser after finding a note at the door of her Kenwood Avenue home where she had decorated her yard with a rainbow-colored lawn ornament.
"Your yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay!" the note said. "Myself and Others in the neighborhood ask that you Tone It Down. This is a Christian area and there are Children. Keep it up and I will be Forced to call the Police on You! Your kind need to have Respect for GOD."
She posted a picture of the note on Facebook and created the GoFundMe page to raise $50 or to paint rainbows on her house, she said. But the note exploded online, garnering support from all over, and the donations came flooding in. Some skeptics criticized her, believing the note was fake.