The North Texas man who set up an Ebola Halloween display outside his house said Monday that he wants to help raise money to fight the disease but that one group has already turned down his offer.
James Faulk, who placed yellow tape and orange waste barrels with “hazardous waste” warnings outside his University Park home, said the group Doctors Without Borders told him it wasn’t interested in his fundraising help.
"With the exposure we've gotten worldwide, we wanted to do something with it, do something good,” Faulk said, dressed in a white hazmat suit with a nametag identifying him as a “CDC trainee.”
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Faulk set up a website to help raise money to fight the disease and included a link to Doctors Without Borders.
But he said an executive with the group called him on Monday.
“Turns out Doctors Without Borders doesn’t want to have anything to do with the Ebola house,” he said.
A representative from the group did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
“We're trying to have some fun,” Faulk said. “We've drawn some attention to a serious problem we're having, and hopefully some good will come from it."
Faulk said he is now trying to find another charity that will accept his help.
"I can understand it, but, you know, we're just trying to do something good, and as it turns out, it's not their cup of tea,” he said.
Faulk said he’s heard mixed comments about his Halloween display in response to widespread news coverage but that most of his neighbors support it.