The recent tragedies in Dayton, El Paso, and Gilroy cannot be undone, but many are stepping up to ensure a better future. Following a series of devastating mass shootings, Lady Gaga has pledged funding to 162 classrooms in the affected U.S. cities. The 33-year-old singer and Oscar winner announced her donation through an emotional Facebook post on Friday of last week.
“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 began the post. “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.”
She then went on to announce that her charity, Born This Way Foundation, is partnering with DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to fundraise classroom projects. Together with these organizations, Lady Gaga has pledged to help 162 classrooms: 125 classrooms in El Paso, 23 classrooms in Gilroy and 14 classrooms in Dayton will be fully funded, in memory the tragic deaths in each city. She also encourages others to join her foundation in supporting classroom projects, and has thus far raised $3,727 towards the initiative.
The shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso Texas left at least 31 people dead and dozens injured. Less thank a week prior, a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival left four dead, including the gunman, and 13 injured.
Gaga has long been an advocate for mental health awareness, so she included an important message about recovering from tragedy at the end of her post. “Surviving and recovering from these tragedies also means prioritizing your mental health and checking in on your loved ones,” she wrote. “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.”
A note to Dayton, El Paso, and Gilroy:My heart goes out to those who were taken from us too soon and to their…