Lady Gaga To Fund 162 Classrooms In Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy
On top of thoughts and prayers, Lady Gaga is taking action to help uplift the communities that have been affected by the latest mass shootings.
The pop singer announced Friday that she will fully fund classroom project needs in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; and Gilroy, California, following the mass shootings in the cities in the past two weeks.
“My heart goes out to those who were taken from us too soon and to their families, loved ones, and communities who are left to grieve,” she wrote. “In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope. Hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves.”
She said she plans to give back to students and teachers in those communities, and directed fans to how they can similarly contribute to other classroom projects at schools across the country by going to the website DonorsChoose.org/bekind21.
“14 classrooms in Dayton, 125 classrooms in El Paso, and 23 classrooms in Gilroy will now have access to the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life,” she wrote in her letter.
She also encouraged those affected to prioritize their mental health.
“If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone,” she wrote. “Don’t be scared to ask for help, I beg you. If you see a loved one struggling, please be brave and reach out, remind them it’s ok to not be ok, and listen to them.”
Her note comes less than a week after the mass shooting Sunday morning in Dayton that killed a total of nine people and left more than 30 injured. In El Paso, 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured in the mass shooting at a Walmart.
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