Emanuel’s interim pastor, Dr. Norvel Goff, remarked that the unsolicited donations will be used to support local families, increase scholarships, facilitate more community initiatives, and maintain the historic church building. “Out of tragedy, God has shown us another door that has opened for us, and we are thankful.”
They will use some of the funds to help repair termite damage in the 124-year-old sanctuary, complete an ongoing project to add an elevator and maintain two houses the church owns.
The funds will also be used to develop new community programs in Charleston to advocate for civil rights and economic justice.
There have been over a half-dozen fundraising initiatives created in the wake of the tragedy that will continue to help Emanuel AME Church and the greater Charleston region for generations to come.