Another senseless tragedy, this time right here in Dayton, Ohio. Our prayers go out to the victims and their families. Our thanks and admiration to the first responders courageously on the scene and the hospital staffs and counselors working to keep #DaytonStrong.
Mayor Nan Whaley is standing strong, leading us through mourning and the challenges that lie ahead. Mayor Whaley said it best, when she said that everything that Dayton has “faced this year, this one is especially tough. Not only because we lost members of our community, but because it was avoidable. I spoke with 61 mayors yesterday, who called recognizing I had been initiated into the unfortunate fraternity of those who had endured one of these tragedies in their own communities. Something must be done. Enough is enough.”
Sisters and brothers, the Dayton tragedy is the 251st mass shooting this year alone and we have to come to grips with the fact that we have a domestic terrorism crisis and something has to be done about it. As we call on our elected leaders to unite to address this crisis, we ask that you help the families of the victims.
In response to the mass shooting that occurred early Sunday morning The Dayton Foundation has established the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund. The fund allows individuals to make charitable contributions to help the families directly affected by this terrible tragedy. The Foundation will waive the credit card processing fee so that 100 percent of the money will be used to assist others.
Individuals interested in contributing to the fund may make a secure, online credit card donation here, or mail a check to The Dayton Foundation, 40 N. Main Street, Suite 500, Dayton, OH 45423. “Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund” or “Fund #8365” should be designated on the check or in the fund name field.