Alyssa Milano defends posting fundraiser for son's baseball team

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Charmed actress Alyssa Milano took to X (formerly Twitter) to share a fundraiser for her son's baseball team's trip to Cooperstown. The fundraiser has a $10,000 goal and the description reads: "Your donation will go to travel costs, uniforms, and dues for families. We also might use your donations for pins or novelty items to make our tournaments memorable experiences beyond the field."

While there were a number of people in Alyssa Milano's replies offering their support to her son's team and sharing their well wishes, it doesn't seem like everyone is quite so happy to support the cause. Although the fundraiser has since exceeded their original goal, the achievement didn't come without backlash from Alyssa Milano's followers who feel that the actress asking for her followers to donate their money was done in bad taste.

On her Instagram, Alyssa Milano shared a screenshot of comments that had been left on her 12 year-old son's posts. "She clearly has the funds to have donated 10k to your baseball team herself. Asking the middle income public to help out is ridiculous," one of the critics said in a comment.

The actress defended her choice to share the fundraiser in the caption of the post, saying, "Every parent raises money for their child’s sports teams and many of them do so through GoFundMe. I am no different."

She went on to chastise the critics that had been leaving comments on her son's post. She said, "Regardless of how you feel about me, going on to my hardworking 12 year old son’s Instagram page and leaving these kinds of messages is so horrid. Leave the kids alone. Let them play baseball."

Despite the criticism lodged against Milano for sharing the fundraiser, the baseball team's $10,000 goal has been met and exceeded, so the team should have the funds to make it to Cooperstown after all.