Eureka Gardens children get free school supplies

Community came together in wake of mass shooting

By Stacey Readout - Assistant News Director

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The community came together Thursday to donate school supplies for children who live at Eureka Gardens on Jacksonville's Westside.

The apartment complex was the scene of a mass shooting earlier this week. Seven people were injured and three gunmen have not been caught yet.

Local attorney John Phillips donated backpacks and supplies. Eureka Gardens tenant Mona Lisa Arnold organized the event.

"I endorse education and I feel like this is important because if we have education, it can pull us out of poverty," said Arnold.

Phillips also brought ice cream and basketballs for the children.

"These kids deserve better. They need inspiration," said Phillips. "Eureka Gardens has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. As a community, we have a chance to change that."

Arnold said more people are expected to donate more supplies for the children, who are returning to school Monday.

She also said she feels the complex needs grief counselors in the wake of the mass shooting.

"We have children here and we had to endure that, as well as disabled people, elderly people, and we had to go through gunfire," said Arnold.

Arnold also serves as the treasurer of the Tenants Association at Eureka Gardens.

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