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A police officer removes crime scene tape near a memorial in front of Emanuel African American Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 20, 2015.

Charleston, SC (WHNS) — More than $225,000 has been donated to the funds created in the wake of the Charleston church shooting, city officials announced on Monday.

As of 9 a.m., the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund raised $176,049 and the Reverend Pinckney Fund raised $49,700.

Mayor Joseph Riley announced the creation of the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund at a news conference the day after the shooting. He said money donated to the fund will be used to help the families of the victims.

Officials said donations can be made by texting ‘prayforcharleston’ to 843-606-5995 or visiting www.bidr.co/prayforcharleston

Donations can also be made at any Wells Fargo branch or mailed to the following address:

Mother Emanuel Hope Fund

c/o City of Charleston

P.O. Box 304

Charleston, SC 29402.

City officials also announced the creation of the Reverend Pinckney Fund following the tragedy.

State Sen. Clementa Pinckney was one of nine people killed when police said a man, later identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, opened fire inside Emanuel AME Church during a prayer meeting.

According to city officials, all donations to the Pinckney fund will be used support church initiatives, and “vulnerable populations and youth projects that Reverend Pinckney was so passionate about.”

Donations can be made to the Reverend Pinckney Fund by visiting www.palmettoproject.org or sending checks to this address:

Lowcountry Ministries – Reverend Pinckney Fund

c/o The Palmetto Project

6296 Rivers Avenue #100

North Charleston, SC 29406

By Joseph Pereira