Gwen Alvarez said she went to Uvalde for her daughter. She said that if Arlene had been alive she would have wanted to come and help.
With an angel by their side, the Alvarez family unpacked a trailer full of donated toys for children in Uvalde.
“When my little girl died, they gave me a teddy bear with her heartbeat on it. That comforted me so much. I just feel like Uvalde needs a lot of love. The moment I walked into this city, I felt the sadness, the pain,” Alvarez said.
Those are feelings Alvarez says was too familiar.
“The moment I found out it was fourth graders, man, it brought me back to my little girl. She was a fourth grader, you know,” Alvarez said.
Children who should hold stuffed animals in their hands also carried signs. Alayna Borrego carried a sign that read: “I want to live. I would like to study. I want to be a dentist. She is 11 years old.
Borrego was a fourth grader at Robb Elementary School last year and lost a friend in the shooting.
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“We have to change something. We need more security in our schools. We need our government to make laws. People shouldn’t have guns,” Borrego said.
Democratic Senator Roland Gutierrez also advocates gun safety laws.
“We have to learn from it. We have to learn. That must never happen again,” Gutierrez said.
He was in contact with the White House and Houston Representative Sheila Jackson Lee. Sen. Gutierrez is asking for federal dollars to fund mental health care for the Uvalde community and gun control efforts.
“The President’s office was amazing. I expect him to come here tomorrow and comfort this church. To ask Republicans to open their hearts and minds to the realities on the ground. To do something because it’s time,” he said.
Gutierrez is asking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for $2 million to fund behavioral health programs at the local clinic. This is one of the solutions Abbott has pointed out while questioning the effectiveness of gun control measures.
Many say they would like to see this action accompanied by prayer and the kindness of strangers offering support. Alvarez said
“I came here to be there for the parents. When I saw the news and watched them, it hurt me because they are grieving. We’re here to show them we’re here for them,” Alvarez said.
“That gives me a good feeling. Makes me feel like she’s a nice person. It just makes me feel like, thank you!” Borrego said.
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