A middle eastern restaurant in Adams Morgan has nearly raised half the money it needs to clean up its recently vandalized mural.
Vandals covered a mural of U.S. presidents at Mama Ayesha’s with red paintballs early Wednesday morning, reported NBC 4.
“It’s sad. My family has worked hard for this restaurant. Blood, sweat and tears over the past 55 years,” Mama Ayesha manager Amir Abu-El-Hawa told NBC 4.
But a GoFundMe campaign has already raised almost $2,000 of the restaurant’s $4,000 goal in just one day.
“Last night our mural was vandalized by an unknown person(s) with a paintball gun,” reads the GoFundMe page. “We are now tasked with the challenge of cleaning the mural without further damaging it, we turn to you our friends, family and the greater Washington DC community in asking for your assistance in helping us achieve this.”
Shortly after the fundraising page was posted, donations of as much as $500 poured in on behalf of friends, family and former customers.
“We love you! Thank you for all you do and have done for the neighborhood,” wrote one donor.
“So sorry this happened to your incredible mural,” said another.
The restaurant added that if donations exceed the $4,000 goal, the excess money will be used to help clean up other graffiti around the city.
Photo via GoFundMe.com/mamaayesha