Almost a week ago, the Walmart at Cielo Vista Mall was the scene of a horrific terrorist attack by a man from the Dallas area. That person walked into the store and killed 22 people and injured another 26. Those people were grandparents, parents, sons and daughters, and the loved ones of so many people in our community. Some of those killed left behind children, children who will need to be looked after by grieving families. Those families will need to not only feed and clothe those children, but they will eventually need to be educated. An El Paso group has come forward to make sure they are educated.

Community En Acción is a non-profit organization of non-partisan Latino business leaders. The group announced that they are working with the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation to establish a scholarship fund for the minor children of victims who died in the attack at Walmart. The group says they will be placing a special emphasis on the children who lost both parents in that terrible attack.

Community En Acción officials said that as because we are a nation of immigrants, we have to reject a culture and narrative of hate that surrounds Saturday's terrorist attack. The group said they would rather concentrate on respecting El Paso, its people, its diversity, and its resilience. To that end, they want to continue to focus on developing a strong, proud, and productive next generation of leaders. They feel that education and celebrating our diverse heritage is their gift to our city, the region, and our nation.

Officials with the group say that the children who lost their parents because of the Walmart tragedy need to be embraced by the whole city and become a part of the broader El Paso family so that they can see that we believe in them. The group also wants to let the children have the funds to get the education they need to make their contributions to our society.

If you would like to help Community En Acción you can make a donation to the CEA scholarship fund by donating to the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation via the Community en Acción website. You can also send a check or money order to CEA at 814 Wyoming, El Paso, Texas, 79902, with the designation, “Orphans Scholarship.” For more information contact CEA Advocacy Chairman Dan Olivas at (915)584-1971.

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