King Soopers Thursday announced it is donating $1 million to a fund helping the families of the Boulder shooting victims.
The donation to the Colorado Healing Fund will be made through the parent company Kroger’s public charity, according to a Thursday release.
“The entire King Soopers family continues to mourn the loss of those who were victims of this senseless act of violence,” said Steve Burnham, President of King Soopers/City Market, in a statement. “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our fellow Coloradans, and we thank everyone for their incredible kindness.”
Ten people were gunned down Monday at the King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive, including a Boulder Police officer. The suspect is being held without bail at the Boulder County Sheriff’s jail and facing 10 counts of first-degree murder.
A group of victims advocates and community leaders established the non-profit fund in 2018 to “establish a secure way for the public to contribute to the victims of mass casualty crimes in Colorado.”
King Soopers customers can also help, by rounding up grocery bills at the checkout stand or making a direct donation. They can also donate by texting BoulderSTrong to 243752, or via coloradohealingfund.org.
The store will not reopen until the police investigation is complete, according to the Thursday news release.
The company is also helping its employees in the following ways:
- Access to mental health services
- Emergency paid leave for those “directly affected by the tragedy”
- An associate hotline to answer questions or assist with “ongoing concerns”
- Money to all victims’ families “to support funeral expenses”
Employees said store officials offered them jobs at other area stores if they wanted to return to work.
“During this unprecedented time, our most urgent priority is to provide a safe environment for associates and customers, and we will continue to make decisions that best support their needs,” Burnham said in a statement. “The Boulder King Soopers store will remain closed until the police investigation is complete. We are committed to helping the community grieve and heal from this tragic event.”
A spokeswoman declined to answer questions re-opening – or even if it will re-open. There was also no information about increased security measures in King Soopers stores, though an armed guard was posted at the Lafayette King Soopers that hadn’t been there before Monday.