Friday, June 26, 2015

Donations in Memory of the Emanuel Nine

Program at the Charleston NPHC Prayer Vigil on Saturday
Several of you have asked about ways you would like to help the families of the Emanuel Nine or donate funds in their memories.  Here is a short list (which will probably grow in the next few days) on ways you can help.

Picture I took at Mother Emanuel when I visited the church on Tuesday

The biggest fund is the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.  This fund will help family members with funeral and burial expenses.  Any remaining money will go to the AME Church, in which the leadership will determine how to use it.  There are three ways to donate:

1. By check to:
Mother Emanuel Hope Fund
c/o City of Charleston
Post Office Box 304
Charleston, SC 29402

2. Stop by any Wells Fargo Bank nationwide and make a donation.

3. And texting 'prayforcharleston' to 843-606-5995 or going to www.bidr.co/prayforcharleston.  Passcode is FAMILY.

Another fund that was started is the Lowcountry Unity Fund. The Unity Fund will be used to address racism and economic inequality in the African American community. It will be run by the Coastal Community Foundation and you can donate to the fund on their website.  The foundation will also oversee the Mother Emanuel AME Scholarship Endowment, which will be used towards scholarships for students in the African-American community.  The endowment was started by the InterTech Group and the Zucker family.

You can also donate to Mother Emanuel directly at http://www.emanuelamechurch.org/.

Lowcountry Ministries has started a fund in memory of the Honorable Rev. Clementa Pinckney. These funds will be used to support local initiatives that the reverend was passionate about. There are three ways to donate:

1. By check to:
Lowcountry Ministries – Reverend Pinckney Fund
c/o The Palmetto Project
6296 Rivers Avenue #100
North Charleston, SC 29406

2. By donation online at www.palmettoproject.org.

3. And texting 'prayforcharleston' to 843-606-5995 or going to www.bidr.co/prayforcharleston. Passcode is PINCKNEY.

Charleston Southern University has started a fund in memory of Sharonda Singleton.  Funds will go towards educational expenses for her son Chris (who is a student and plays baseball for the school) and any remaining funds will go to a baseball enrichment center that will be named in Sharonda's memory.  You can donate to the Singleton Memorial Fund at http://www.charlestonsouthern.edu/ or by mail at:

Charleston Southern University
Advancement Office
PO Box 118087
Charleston, SC 29423
(address the check to Singleton Memorial Fund on the memo section)

A tribute to Cynthia at the Main Library
There are three ways to honor Cynthia Hurd, who was a librarian at Charleston County Public Library for over 30 years.

1. CCPL has set up a fund in Cynthia's memory.  The money will go towards educational programs at the St. Andrews and John L. Dart libraries (she was a manager at both libraries during her career).  You can donate through PayPal through this link or mail a check to:

Charleston County Public Library 
 c/o Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund
 68 Calhoun Street
 Charleston, SC 29401


2. The Charleston Friends of the Library, which is the nonprofit organization that supports CCPL, will also accept donations in her memory. You will have to tell them that it's in memory of Cynthia Hurd and they will set aside the money raised for programs at St. Andrews and Dart.  You can donate on their website or mail it to the previous address (instead of Charleston County Public Library, use Charleston Friends of the Library).

3. Cynthia's brother and his family has started a fund to provide books at Freedom Schools in the Charlotte area (where they live).  Click here to donate.

Again, thanks for all of the messages, support and prayers that my city and I has received over the last week.  Funerals started yesterday and will go on until the middle of next week.  Please keep the families and friends of the victims in your thoughts and prayers as they say goodbye to their loved ones and as they begin life under a new normal.

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