Brothers and alumni from the Beta Chapter and the Greater El Paso Alumni Association gathered with purpose in the wake of one of the country’s latest mass shootings that left 22 people dead and 24 others suffering from injuries. August 3rd forever changed the landscape of the border city in Texas and the community, El Paso Strong, came together in unity and solidarity to mourn their dead and to outright reject the hatred and division sowed that was the culprit of this outburst of gun violence at the hands of a White supremacist.

In the wake of the tragedy, many of the wounded were transported to area hospitals and a call for blood donations was made by area physicians and those working the aftermath of the shooting. El Pasoans flooded the blood donation centers and were quick to answer the call to serving and saving lives. The brothers in El Paso, TX gathered and began brainstorming on ideas to see how they could help and join the efforts in standing in solidarity with their city.

Brothers, undergraduates at the University of Texas at El Paso and members of the Beta Chapter, along with the Greater El Paso Alumni Association saw the way their city responded to this call to action and were in awe when they saw lines of willing blood donors, in droves, start to form at the donation centers.

“We found out that blood banks were going to be open for a long time, people were lining up to donate and were waiting in line for a long time. We decided that we would give back to our community and to do our part to stand in solidarity with El Paso and its people” said Jonathan Contreras, undergraduate and initiate of the Beta Chapter at UTEP.

Community was essential in the aftermath of the shooting,