A $15 million dollar donation by billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos to a home for 4 year-old orphans in rural Tennessee has reignited a debate over whether or not American families should be forced to donate to charity.
The donation from Bezos was made after his company announced it would be giving $10 million to help fund a house for the orphans of Barnhart, Tennessee.
The Barnhart home is located in the small town of Barnham County and is owned by Barnhart-Sandy, a non-profit organization that works to assist the needy.
The organization is located about two hours outside of Nashville and Barnham’s largest city, Knoxville.
Barnham County Commissioner Steve Stenner told ABC News that Barnham-Sandra’s home is currently on the market for $8.9 million and is looking for a buyer.
The home was built in 1929 and sits in a large lot with two-story walls, which are covered with white paint.
The house was built to house about 200 orphans and was built with money from Barnham Sandy, but was built at a time when there were no hospitals and little electricity.
Stenners family owns the Barnham house.
The Barnham home has a swimming pool, indoor plumbing and is well maintained.
The children are all up-to-date on vaccinations and are attending school, according to the Barnhart Sandy website.
The children attend Barnham High School, but most are staying at the Barnamet home because they cannot attend the public schools in Knoxville, Steners family told ABCNews.
Barnhart-Sivernell, a family-owned and operated company, was founded in 1949 and is based in Knox County.
The company is owned and operated by the Barn-Sterling family.
The family’s motto is, “If you like your children to grow up to be leaders, you should give them a home.”
The Barnhart family is also the largest donor to non-profits in the United States and donated more than $5 million to American charities, including the National School Lunch Program and Children’s Hospital of Tennessee.ABC News’ Paul Hays contributed to this report.