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Dallas Cowboys, NFL Foundation each donating $50,000 to El Paso Victims’ Fund

El Paso mourns after 22 die in mass shooting

El Paso residents set up a memorial and hold vigils after a gunman killed 22 people in a mass shooting inside a Walmart.
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El Paso residents set up a memorial and hold vigils after a gunman killed 22 people in a mass shooting inside a Walmart.

The Dallas Cowboys and the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation announced on Wednesday that it’s donating $50,000 to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ Fund, established to assist those families affected by the Aug. 3 shooting.

The NFL Foundation, of which Cowboys Executive Charlotte Jones Anderson is the Chair, also announced a donation of $50,000 to the El Paso effort also on Wednesday.

The El Paso Community Foundation is working with the County of El Paso and the City of El Paso to help those impacted by Saturday’s incident.

“It’s just unthinkable and a tragedy that they’re having to live right there with that,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “But we all are in our heart and spirit, we share that. We all do and it’s just so sad for those families.”

A large percentage of the El Paso football fans have been strong supporters of the Dallas Cowboys for decades. The Cowboys also activate youth and high school football camps, and public education grant opportunities in the area.

“We, of course, are so saddened because we think the people of El Paso are to us like being out in Plano,” Jones added. “So the percentage of people in El Paso are Cowboys fans just like they are right there in Dallas. We are just really saddened. We hope in some way we can help with this that might ease it for all the people impacted.”

Additional outreach opportunities will be promoted as scheduled for local North Texas residents wishing to support the El Paso Community Foundation and the Victims’ Fund.

In the area of community service, the mission of the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation is built upon an overall philosophy of helping those who don’t have the strength, resources or means to help themselves.

The El Paso Community Foundation has waived all administrative and credit card fees associated with donating to the families. The City of El Paso encourages anyone wishing to make contributions to the victims to visit https://payments.epcf.org.

“Our hearts and support are with the entire El Paso community and especially with the families of the victims of this very tragic event,” Anderson said in a press release.

“Our organization has long enjoyed a wonderful following from the people of El Paso, and our wish is that so many others in Texas and around the country will be inspired to assist the loved ones who are grieving.”

Joe Soto helped 6 people hide in safety when a gunman open fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.
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