Emanuel AME To Donate $1.5M To Church Shooting Victims
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the site of the horrific, racially motivated shooting that took nine lives of the congregation in June, is set to donate $1.5 million to survivors of the vicious attack and the families of the slain victims.
As reported by The Grio, the Charleston, South Carolina church announced the news of the hefty donation in a press release on Wednesday (Nov. 25). In the wake of the attack, the church was given $3.4 million, which was raised and funded by the Charleston’s Hope Foundation.
Even though the money was given directly to the church, Interim pastor, Rev. Dr. Norvel Goff said that the donations will benefit the families, the church, and the community.
“The church, in its benevolence has made what we feel is a tremendous gift out of honor to the victims’ families and the survivors, too,” he said. “We continue the healing process, but this marks a passes in that healing.”
In addition to aiding those that have been directly affected by the happening, the remainder of the donated money will be used for building improvements, a permanent memorial for the slain and survivors, and scholarships and community outreach programs.