In what could have ripped this country apart, the tragic shootings in Charleston seem to be (for the moment) bringing our nation together with an outpouring of sympathy and grief for the victims.
Today, the NY Daily News reports:
The owner of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers is paying for the funeral costs of the nine victims killed in Wednesday’s church massacre in Charleston.
Jerry Richardson detailed his donation in a letter that was shared via social media by Bakari Sellers, a democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
“Please accept the enclosed check from the Carolina Panthers in the amount of $100,000 to provide $10,000 per family to help defray funeral costs and other financial needs of each,” Richardson’s letter read, “and $10,000 for the church as a memorial honoring the victims. Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals.”
Our hearts are indeed one with those who are grieving. It’s just so tragic that it takes a tragedy to bring us all together.
I pray this will help begin to heal not only Charleston, but our nation as a whole.
[Note: this article was written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief]