Donations in deceased journalists’ honor pour into Spartanburg charities


One thing that would surely bring a smile to WYFF4’s Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer’s faces, would be knowing how many of you have donated to charities they loved in their memory.

For every donation to Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, Founder Jayne McQueen makes a call, or writes a letter of thanks.

It’s something she’s done a lot this week, after McCormick’s obituary came out, and donations started pouring in.

“I don’t know a total yet, but I think people are still in disbelief, I can’t believe it, can’t believe he’s gone,”said McQueen.

It was in both McCormick and Smeltzer’s nature to give back.

And they especially loved dogs.  Smeltzer’s dog, Diesel, came from the Raintree Jacks Jack Russel Rescue listed in Smeltzer’s obituary.

And both Channel 4 colleagues loved the mission of the Spartanburg Humane Society.

“I was actually watching the news when the arrangements were first made, and I could see becomes it comes to my phone, I could see donations coming in almost immediately after they announced it,” said Angel Cox, the CEO.

$3,000 dollars so far, that could go in part to helping dogs like Bandit get much needed surgery.

Their stories, on places like the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen inspired others to give but they didn’t stop with just reporting. 

“When food donations had gone down at the old kitchen, I remember that Mike got on the phone as the story aired, we were able to get grocery stores to make a commitment to give to us,” said Lou Sartor, the Director.

Today off camera, 7News talked with Mike’s parents who was here at this soup kitchen soaking in the impact that their son and Aaron had on non-profits like this, through their life’s work and through their passing.

The charities are grateful for the many donations honoring McCormick and Smeltzer which will help to address a need those two men knew was never ending.   

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