Strength in numbers, as neighbors stand together at Evansville's City Council meeting, supporting a charity run by police and firefighters. 911 Gives Hope supporters claim the group was defamed by a City Council member two weeks ago. "Again sir, I don't doubt your heart. It's just that it could be perceived in a negative way and we had to fix it." President Patrick Phernetton of the 911 Gives Hope organization, says perception is everything for a charity. After City Councilman, Conor O'Daniel's remarks regarding the group's funds, they take a stand. "Many of the people that follow us, including me, perceived it as a negative slam. In the world of charities, perception is everything. I think for him to say he doesn't know where the money comes from was a little irresponsible on his part and basically we are hear to explain that. Quite frankly, I want an apology. " says Phernetton. An apology is not exactly what the organization got. Councilman O'Daniel stated that he was misinterpreted in what he said, but there is one thing the organization did receive, tremendous support.
"If you don't know, that is why I am here, to tell people this is what the charity does and it's great," says Eric Cornish. Cornish says he has always been used to helping with the organization's event, until one day he found himself on the receiving end. "For four years I stood out in the cold and collected toys. You never expect your own child to go in the hospital, but when you do it's amazing that as soon as they brought the toys into him, I knew immediately where they came from. It's amazing," says Cornish.
Other charities backed the organization including, Gary Jossa, founder of The Dream Center. "Without them being caring police officers, we wouldn't have all the help that we have and I think it was very unfair and out of place," says Jossa. In the end, the charity did not exactly received the apology they had hoped, but instead they set the record straight.