Clothes cleaning business donates gift cards to shooting victims’ families

Contributions to families of the victims of the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street in Charleston continue to come in.

Following the church shooting June 17 that took the lives of nine members of a Bible study group at Emanuel AME Church, businesses large and small have reached out with donations for the victims, the church and other funds.

On Tuesday, Low Country Laundry and Dry Cleaners of Charleston donated a $250 gift card to each victim’s family for free laundry and dry cleaning services.

“Money is nice, but I felt like we needed to offer something else that would be immediately useful and might as well offer what we do best, keeping clothes clean,” said Courtney L. Friedman, owner of the cleaning firm.

The company also will donate all monies raised from its annual “aged inventory sale” July 20-25 to the Lowcountry Unity Fund and the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund. In South Carolina, clothes left unclaimed after 12 months can be sold by cleaners.

Also, Belmond Charleston Place will hold a fundraising event and auction 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 9 in the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $200 each and an online auction is included, so cell phones are welcomed. All of the proceeds from the Community United event will go to families of the victims.

To buy tickets or sign up for the auction go to:

Donations to the Community United Fund may also be made directly at any TD Bank or mailed to Community United Fund, c/o TD Bank, 586 East Bay St., Charleston, S.C. 29403.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or