Lady Gaga will fund 162 classrooms in Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy in wake of mass shootings
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Lady Gaga announced Friday that she will use her charitable foundation to “fully fund” 162 classrooms in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; and Gilroy, Calif., after three deadly mass shootings devastated the communities in recent weeks.

In a letter to the three cities shared on the performer’s Facebook page Friday afternoon, the singer wrote that her “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 continued.

The Grammy Award-winning singer went on to write that she has found “hope” in partnering with DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that collects donations for public school classroom projects, through her Born This Way Foundation to “fully fund the classroom project needs in Dayton, OH, El Paso, TX, and Gilroy, CA.”

The singer, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, wrote that her donation will help 14 classrooms in Dayton, 125 classrooms in El Paso, and 23 classrooms in Gilroy gain “access to the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life.” 

“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,” she wrote.

“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 added.

Her announcement comes a week after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso last Saturday, killing 22 people.

Less than 24 hours after that shooting, another gunman fired rounds into a crowded strip in Dayton, killing nine people. And just days before those shootings, a gunman opened fire into a crowd at a popular garlic festival in Gilroy that left three people dead.