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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I will admit it; a good suggestion from a Democrat...

In the wake of last Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, the thoughts and prayers of the DCCC remain with our colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her staff, the other victims of this horrifying attack, their families, and the people of Southern Arizona.

Today, the House of Representatives formally honored them with a resolution expressing the condolences of our entire nation. But since Congresswoman Giffords is both a colleague and a close friend, I wanted to share some additional thoughts.

Congresswoman Giffords is a rising star and I am always touched by her compassion and drive. She was simply doing what she loves to do – talking with and serving her constituents.

We mourn and honor the lives of nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, her congressional outreach director Gabe Zimmerman, her friend and Chief United States District Court Judge John Roll, and the other people who were senselessly murdered while simply meeting their representative in their neighborhood.

In Gabby’s spirit of thinking about others, I wanted to pass along the suggestion of her husband, Captain Mark Kelly who encouraged people to pray for the victims and their families, and for those who want to do more, consider making a contribution to two organizations that she has long valued: Tucson’s Community Food Bank or theSouthern Arizona chapter of the American Red Cross.

Please join the DCCC in continuing to send your thoughts and prayers to the victims of this horrific attack and your wishes for Gabby’s recovery and return to the House of Representatives.

Thank you,

Steve Israel
Rep. Steve Israel
DCCC Chairman


Anonymous said...

A terrific idea. Yes to the Food Bank, NO NO NO to the Red Cross.

richard mcenroe said...

American Red Cross I thought was OK, I KNOW Internation Red Cross is OK.

Also, look at faith-based relief organizations; they tend to have a better pass-through than secular NGO's

Anonymous said...

The little girl's family had a connection to the Dodgers Baseball team, so the Dodgers have established a fund.

We should be mindful of those who survived. No doubt their medical bills are hugh.

When giving to any organization, especially the Red Cross, don't forget to specify that the donation is for the Tucson fund, or whatever they are calling it.

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