Lady Gaga will provide funding for 162 classrooms in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California.
"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,"
She will be donating through Donors Choose, an organization where teachers fundraise for classroom projects for their students. The Born This Way Foundation will be fully funding 125 classrooms in El Paso, 23 classrooms in Gilroy and 14 classrooms in Dayton in memory of those who were tragically killed in the recent mass murders in these cities.
"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."
The shootings in Ohio and Texas left around 31 people dead and dozens injured. The shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival left four dead, including the gunman, and 13 injured.
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