How you can support families of fallen officers after east Charlotte standoff

CHARLOTTE — An organization known for its support of law enforcement is jumping in to help families impacted following a deadly shootout in east Charlotte.

On Monday, four officers were killed and four others were hurt while attempting to serve an arrest warrant for a wanted felon.

Back the Blue started a fundraising drive in hopes of assisting the partners, mothers, and children of those who lost their loved ones in this tragedy.


Channel 9 spoke with Gadi Adelman, the North Carolina chairman of the organization, who said money is not the only thing that could help at this moment.

“I don’t care if it’s $1 or $5, whatever they can afford. But right now, more than ever, each and every time anyone is out and about, if you see an officer, just walk up to him and say thank you, because right now, morale is at an all-time low. And this is just going to take it even lower,” Adelman explained.

So far, the organization has raised more than $45,000; however, the goal is to raise $250,000. You can find the link to GoFundMe here.

Another GoFundMe page was set up by Charlotte City Councilman Tariq Bokhari to benefit CMPD officer Joshua Eyer’s family.

“I’m angry, but there will be time to channel that anger into action. For now we must support the family of Officer Eyer. Please consider giving,” Bokhari wrote in the fundraiser.

You can donate at the link here.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation has also launched the “Help Our Heroes” fund after the April 29 shooting. The foundation says money will support mental health care for employees and other needs in impacted agencies.

Click this link to donate directly to the Help Our Heroes fund.

In addition to those fundraisers, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9 is raising money for the families of all four officers killed in the attack.

The link to the Fraternal Order of Police fundraiser is at this link.

The Statesville Police Department is raising money for Cpl. Casey Hoover, who was shot in the torso while serving with the task force.

You can donate to the fund for Cpl. Hoover at this link.

Local businesses pitch in

Lowe’s locations around Charlotte are giving out free blue light bulbs while supplies last. The light bulbs area meant to be installed on front porches to show support for the officers who were shot. Learn more by clicking this link.

Three local companies are also joining together for a fundraiser, selling special-edition t-shirts. Girl Tribe Co. (Link), 704 Shop (Link), and Glory Days Apparel (Link) each have unique designs, and 100 percent of the proceeds from each shirt will go to the victims’ families.

On Tuesday, May 7, 35 local McDonald’s locations are donating 10% of their sales from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to the fallen and injured officers and their families. Click here for a map of participating locations.

On Wednesday, May 8, Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse, Link & Pin, and The Cellar at Duckworth’s are donating 5% of all their sales to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation.

Hits close to home

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is also extending support to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department following this tragedy.

The organization said it will be providing grief counseling services to officers.

Deputy Director of Law Enforcement Ministry Eric Hubbard told Channel 9 that this incident hit close to home.

“This is probably one of the worst police-related shootings that we’ve been involved with. Having had so many incidents, this one’s a little bit different. Especially being here in our backyard,” Hubbard explained.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team said it plans to offer its services to CMPD for as long as they need them.

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