Three (3) tragic events occurred in late July and early August in 2019, and in response, ECI provided our community with ways they can help. On Sunday, July 28th in Gilroy, California, three (3) people were killed and sixteen (16) were injured while attending the Gilroy Garlic Festival. On Saturday, August 3rd, twenty-two (22) people were killed, and twenty-two (22) others were injured at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas. Less than a day later, nine (9) people were killed, and twenty-seven (27) others were injured when a gunman opened fire in a historic nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio.
At the time of this post, many of the wounded were still recovering and the families of those who lost loved ones were remembering them in vigils and community events.
Here are some ways that were set up to help the victims and communities impacted by these tragedies.
- The Dayton Foundation, the region’s largest community foundation, set up The Dayton Oregon District Fund to assist victims and family members of those impacted by the tragedy.
- Blood donations at the Community Blood Center – Dayton.
- Public Good launched a fundraiser benefiting Dayton and El Paso victims.
- The Garlic Festival directed individual donations to the Gilroy Foundation who established a Gilroy Garlic Festival Victims Relief Fund.
ECI Board of Directors and Staff send our best wishes to everyone affected by the tragic events in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton. The victims and communities are in our thoughts and prayers.