Nonprofit Accused Of Going On ‘Ellen’ And Misrepresenting Charitable Actions
A South Florida community is upset after they claim a local nonprofit organization went on national television and misrepresented its actions to the nation. Many people are now demanding the group to not only apologize but to speak out to set the record straight!
Now, you all may recognize the name of the organization, “Nest of Love” after a few members appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” where they took full credit for a back-to-school event that took place at the Old Navy across from Dadeland Mall back in August. According to the transcript of the Sept. 9, 2019, show, obtained by Local10 ABC, the girls told Ellen that,
“The Old Navy thing was amazing actually. We closed down Old Navy. They gave 400 foster kids $100 gift cards to go shopping, get all the clothes that they need for school,” Daniela Betancourt, a member of Nest of Love, told the host. She also said, “Adidas sponsored us, as well, the event, and gave them free shoes for all the kids. And we also got them school supplies.”
A woman named Shakyiah Cargill, who is an advocate for Voices for Children, took to social media to set the record straight and call the girls out for taking credit for the big event. She also spoke to the news site and said,
“The truth is, they had very little to do with the event at all. That statement alone, ‘We shut down Old Navy,’ is not true. They didn’t,” said Cargill. “They are deceiving a lot of people.”
It was also pointed out that as part of their appearance on “Ellen,” Kris and Kylie Jenner gave Nest of Love and its members a total of $750,000 for their mentoring efforts.
Gail Appelrouth, who started the event for Voice for Children in 2000, a foundation that actually got the sponsors and set up the entire event at the Old Navy in Dadeland, spoke out and said she is disappointed.
“I was very disappointed. I went, wait a minute, I don’t disparage anything these girls do as mentors, but what they did was wrong,” said Gail. “They were just there as volunteers. That was it.”
Cargill said her and Gail reached out to the owner of Nest of Love, Samantha Gil and got a response.
“She said, ‘I understand and we will make it right by the end of the week,’ and she never did,” Cargill told Local 10 News investigative reporter Jeff Weinsier.
Gil has not publicly spoken out on these claims nor has that Jenners who donated the money to her nonprofit.
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