RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A local business gives back in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. Nate’s Bagels in Richmond donated 10% of all sales Thursday to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
The non-profit first started in 1881 to aid Jewish refugees and ever since has been providing humanitarian aid around the globe.
“We are really encouraged by their broader refuge commitment. They do work here in the United States but they work across the world,” says Lauren Mathews the Co-Owner Nate’s Bagels.
The owners of Nate’s are not Jewish but says the shop known for its delicious bagels, a Jewish American delicacy, felt compelled to act with love after the shooting rampage that left 11 people dead in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.
“Any tragedy against a people or a group, even if we are not part of it, is inappropriate and we wanted to make a stand against that kind of hate,” said Mathews.
We’re also told some of the staff here is originally from that same Pittsburgh community still grieving.
The owners tell us the response from customers has been overwhelmingly positive.