Lady GaGa is helping the healing process for three communities dealing with recent mass shootings — and it all starts with helping public schools in each city.
The singer posted an emotional message to Facebook on Friday outlining her hope to help support the communities of Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio after all three suffered high-profile mass shootings within the last few weeks. In the long message, which you can read in full (below), GaGa wrote about how her heart went out to those in pain in each city, and it inspired her to do something about it.
GaGa explained that she’s partnering her Born This Way Foundation with the folks at DonorsChoose.org in order to fund more than 160 classrooms in the three cities combined, donating money and fundraising to provide state-of-the-art tools and learning services for every classroom they’ve marked.
It’s quite the impressive thing! You can read GaGa’s entire open letter explaining what’s going on, and what she’s trying to do, by reading it in full (below):
“A note to Dayton, El Paso, and Gilroy:
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. Everyone has the right to laws that make them feel safe in their communities. 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.
Today, I find hope in the work of DonorsChoose.org and I’m proud to partner with them and with Born This Way Foundation to fully fund the classroom project needs in Dayton, OH, El Paso, TX, and Gilroy, CA. 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. https://www.donorschoose.org/bekind21
Surviving and recovering from these tragedies also means prioritizing your mental health and checking in on your loved ones. If you’re struggling, please be brave and tell a trusted someone. 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. We cannot turn away from ourselves. We cannot turn away from our loved ones. We need each other. Don’t turn away.
In loving memory of the victims of the tragic shootings in Dayton, OH, El Paso, TX, and Gilroy, CA.”
Wow! Super powerful — and good for GaGa for doing all this in response to something so sad and tragic. Love to see anything where good people can take a bad thing and make a positive grow out of it. Love it!
What about y’all, Perezcious readers?! What do U think about GaGa’s announcement?? Always great to see people doing good things in communities touched by tragedy… here’s to this becoming a resounding success all around!
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