On August 9th, Lady Gaga issued a heartfelt message to the victims, their families and communities devastated by the recent mass shootings of Dayton (OH), El Paso (TX) and Gilroy (CA).
In the letter posted to her official Facebook page, Lady Gaga announced that her Born This Way Foundation is teaming up with DonorsChoose.org to fully finance classroom projects in the affected areas: 14 classrooms in Dayton, 125 in El Paso and 23 in Gilroy. Gaga made clear in her message that the above regions will have "access to the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life."
Lady Gaga wrote, "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."
As a long-time mental health advocate, she also encouraged the survivors to focus on their mental well-being and support each other through trauma of such a horrifying experience. Throughout her message, Gaga highlighted the importance of being brave, sticking together as a community and asking for help whenever in need.
Lady Gaga emphasized, "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."
She also asked fans to come together and help these communities rebuild by donating whatever they can, whether it be time, effort or money, through the link http://donorschoose.org/bekind21.