NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A charity that advocates for the homeless has agreed to accept a $5,000 donation from a North Kingstown mother to help settle charges that she allowed teenagers to drink alcohol at her daughter's 16th birthday party.

Amos House stepped forward after MADD of Rhode Island rejected the donation, saying accepting it would send the wrong message.

Jayne Donegan of North Kingstown was charged under the state's social-host law in January after police discovered teenagers were drinking at her home.

Authorities agreed to drop the charges if Donegan made the charitable donation and stays out of trouble for a year.

Eileen Hayes, the chief executive of Amos House, tells the Providence Journal the charity believes in second chances, and hopes accepting the money will give that to Donegan.


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