Joining a handful of other local philanthropic companies, Matthews-based Harris Teeter this week donated thousands of dollars to aid family members of Charleston shooting victims.
The grocer presented the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund and Lowcountry Ministries each with a $31,865.80 check Tuesday. The two groups provide financial support to victims’ families, various community projects and local initiatives aimed at serving Mother Emanuel AME Church, vulnerable populations and youth projects, the grocer said in a statement.
Nine people were killed June 17 in Charleston when a white supremacist opened fire during a prayer group at the historic black Emanuel AME Church.
Harris Teeter’s total donation – $63,731.60 – was made possible through an in-store campaign this summer called Support Charleston, which Harris Teeter matched with an additional $30,000 donation. During the campaign, cashiers asked shoppers and associates in the Charleston area to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout.
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The month-long campaign started June 24.
Charlotte-based Bank of America quietly donated $100,000 in June to causes related to the shooting, as did Wells Fargo, which operates its largest employment hub in Charlotte. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson also donated $100,000 to the victim’s families and the church this summer.