Palmetto Moon, other Charleston-area businesses support church fund

Donations and expressions of support continue to pour in for the nine victims of the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Several businesses throughout the Charleston area are offering to help in the aftermath of the June 17 church shooting in which the pastor and eight others were killed at Emanuel AME Church.

Palmetto Moon gift and novelty stores plans to donate $35,000 to the church through the sale of $10 “Charleston Strong” T-shirts. All of the proceeds will go toward the fund.

The Charleston-based retailer put 500 of the shirts on sale Wednesday and sold out within an hour. It has ordered 3,000 more to be sold online and at its 10 locations. They will be available Thursday. The T-shirts feature nine doves flying out of a Palmetto tree in an image created by local graphic designer Gil Shuler. The shirts will come in white and blue.

“As a local Charleston company we are very blessed that we are in the position to help support the families of the Mother Emanuel AME Church,” said Bob Webster, chairman and CEO of Palmetto Moon. “This community has come together in this time of tragedy to try to make this thing right. It’s just been amazing.”

Also, Bessinger’s Barbeque will donate 20 percent of profits from sales at the sandwich shop at 1602 Savannah Highway this weekend to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

The show of support from the third-generation, Charleston-based restaurant involves sales from 10:30 a.m. Friday until 9 p.m. Sunday.

Also, all week, Coleman Public House at 427 W. Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant is giving 100 percent of the proceeds from locally made beer to the fund.

The Griffon at 18 Vendue Range is donating $1 for every beer sold through Saturday to the church fund.

Tradesman Brewing Co. at 1639 Tatum St. on James Island is also contributing proceeds to the fund.

Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter supermarket chain on Wednesday launched an in-store donation card campaign called Support Charleston to benefit families that lost loved ones in the church shooting. The company will also match in-store donations up to at least $30,000.

Shoppers in the Charleston area will be given the opportunity to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout in support of the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund and Lowcountry Ministries — Reverend Pinckney Fund.

All proceeds from the in-store campaign, as well as Harris Teeter’s additional donation, will be divided evenly between the two organizations.

“This is a devastating incident, and we are heartbroken for the families of the victims, the church members, and the entire Charleston community,” said Danna Robinson, Harris Teeter’s communication manager. “Harris Teeter’s commitment to the Charleston community runs deep, and in an effort to support this vibrant community during this difficult time, our area family of stores is proud to offer shoppers an opportunity to support their neighbors.”

The donation card campaign will run through July 24.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can send a check to the city of Charleston, drop it off at any Wells Fargo Bank nationwide or by texting “prayforcharleston” to 606-5995.