Lady Gaga has come out of a partnership between DonorsChoose.org — and her own Born This Way Foundation — to fund more than 160 classroom projects following the mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy.
The “Shallow” singer penned a message on her Facebook page on Friday to residents in the affected areas, “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," 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."
"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 continued.
Gaga is the latest to assist in relief efforts for the communities, including The Houston Texans which teamed up with the NFL Foundation to donate $100,000 to the El Paso Victim’s Fund. Several other NFL teams have also joined in for that effort.
Following the shooting in El Paso hundreds of people lined up to donate blood to El Paso shooting victims — notably men who have sex with men and trans women would not have been allowed to do so as per current guidelines.
Gaga ended her post by encouraging her followers to “check in” on their loved ones. “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.”