If a person sends out a group email to solicit funds to help needy families and inadvertently includes non-Jews on the email - Is it permitted to use the funds that the non-Jews donate towards helping needy Jewish families ?
I have read several articles on this subject but I am not clear in this case because:
- There was no intent to solicit directly from non-Jews
- The person is only an intermediary and the money goes to a third-party to distribute
I am not sure if the following makes a difference but:
- The money was already accepted (darkei shalom)
- the funds are not for a specific goal i.e. "give 10$ so we can buy a chicken for Yom Tov" rather the money is being collected and given to a Gabbai Tzdekah to distribute it as they see fit.
For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of accepting Tzedakla from a non-Jew please see this Mi Yodea post for more information