Lifting up Uvalde, Texas

Lifting up Uvalde, Texas

From Michael Carraggi

I'm spearheading a community fundraising effort to support the heartbroken community of Uvalde, Texas.

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Hi, I'm spearheading a fundraising effort to support the people of Uvalde, Texas, amid their unimaginable heartache. 

This gift will be given in the name of the residents of Melrose, but I encourage anyone with a heart to the cause to give. The City of Melrose fully supports this mission, but there are too many hoops to jump through for the City to officially receive and disperse funds quickly, so I'll be running logistics.

After speaking with folks in Uvalde, I've decided the funds raised will go to benefit:

— Uvalde Memorial Hospital. The hospital would very much welcome a food delivery for its staff. Obviously those workers have seen and dealt with some hard things this past week. At least 15 people were treated at the hospital, and some staffers lost family members. I'll be speaking again with a hospital official to hammer out logistics and make sure we maximize this assistance.

— Based on the initial response and what I know is incredible generosity in Melrose (and beyond,) anything left over will be split between The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country and Day 1 Bags To Support Uvalde Child Welfare. Here is more information on those beautiful efforts:"

"The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, which serves 10 counties, including Uvalde, has established the Uvalde Strong Fund to support victims, their families, and other affected by the mass shooting incident."

""At Day 1 Bags, our goal is to provide the Uvalde Child Welfare Board with a minimum of 200 of our high-quality bags filled with comfort therapeutic bears to snuggle and grief journals for children with a gel pen set. We also may be supplying lap-sized quilts as well pending surplus."

*I will provide a detailed report of what money is directed where.* 

I want to acknowledge this is an imperfect effort, but I hope it to be timely and impactful. I know there are other ways to give — and I encourage everyone to explore those. But even if this isn't perfect, hurting people will be supported and loved. And that's enough.

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