The Medical Society of South Carolina proudly supports the American Red Cross, the national non-profit with the mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Like so many others, The Medical Society mourns the nine precious lives lost in the June shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
In a display of unity, resolve and defiance, “Mother Emanuel,” as locals call it, opened its doors for its regular Sunday service, just four days after the three men and six women of their beloved congregation were killed.
The tragedy – and ensuing funerals, memorials and tributes – brought crowds out in droves, brought neighbors and strangers together in their collective grief and resolve – all during some of the hottest Charleston weather.
American Red Cross volunteers handed out bottles of water to the throngs of people who gathered outside of Mother Emanuel for days in the unrelenting heat.
We just had to share this note from a volunteer with you. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the friends and family of those lost – and those who survived this horrific attack on our neighbors.
“Just have to let you all know what a wonderful experience my children and I had last night. After days of deep sadness and confusion about the state of humanity, we were able to participate together in an amazing and emotionally moving event through community service.
We have already had a couple of engaging conversations about our feelings and experiences this week. But our participation last night gives us so many more opportunities to converse with each other and with our friends and family. It will be a heartwarming memory among the difficult ones from this week that my children will carry with them and share with others for years to come.
So thank you for all you do and particularly for all you are doing during this difficult time. Not only are you making a huge difference for so many people in the Charleston community this week, but by organizing and supporting the volunteers you are giving us the opportunity to help in our community and begin to heal our broken hearts through community service.”
Red Cross Volunteer
June 22, 2015