Here’s How You Can Donate To the Children Who Survived The Uvalde Shooting

Laura Holcek via GoFundMe

When there’s a tragedy, many people wonder what they can do to help. Sometimes the answer doesn’t come right away, but in the case of the Uvalde school shooting at Robb Elementary School, we now have an answer.

When 18-year-old Salvador Ramos walked into Robb Elementary School, he went on a shooting spree that resulted in the worst school shooting in Texas history. The police admit they could’ve handled the situation better. Nineteen students and two teachers ended up losing their lives. All of the deaths occurred in one classroom.

A few of the students inside the classroom survived. Some of them pretended to be dead. Some of them hid quietly, repressing screams as they heard everything that happened in the classroom. Some of them desperately called 911.

These survivors were mainly 10 and 11 years old. Nobody should have to witness what they witnessed. Now, they have to figure out how to live while dealing with the loss of their friends, teachers, cousins and classmates.

These survivors need therapy as they try to move forward from this horrific tragedy. Some of them also need help paying for medical expenses caused by non-fatal bullet wound injuries. Many of the families of the survivors have started GoFundMe accounts to help pay for the physical and mental healing of these young children.

Laura Holcek set up a GoFundMe for her younger brother, 10 year old Noah Orona. He was shot in the back, and the bullet exited his shoulder. Besides recovering from the bullet wounds, he is also dealing with “mental trauma.” 

Then there’s 11 year old Miah Cerrillo. She and a friend used a dead teacher’s phone to call 911, pleading with them to come help. She was afraid the shooter would return to their classroom and put blood from a dead classmate on her body so she could pretend to be dead if he returned.

Another survivor, Samuel Salinas, also played dead in order to survive. He explained that a chair blocked the bullet from hitting him, but his leg was injured by the bullet fragments. He told ABC News, “I kinda don’t feel safe going to school. I feel hurt, and sometimes at night I have nightmares.”

A survivor named Daniel has lost interest in hobbies he used to enjoy, and he has nightmares when he tries to sleep. While he survived, his cousin, Ellie Garcia, did not.

GoFundMe has compiled the fundraisers for Uvalde survivors and victims. You can view all of their fundraisers and donate here.