BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In response to the May 14 Tops supermarket mass shooting, the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Buffalo Public School District hosted a “Day of Hope and Healing” on Saturday.

The event, at the Stanley Makowski Community School #99 at 1095 Jefferson Ave., featured back-to-school giveaways, health resources including mental health resources, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for children ages 5 and under, blood pressure screening and more. There will also be non-perishable food items, spiritual support and activities for children.

Hundreds of families attended along with Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mayor Byron Brown, State Sen. Tim Kennedy, Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Tonja Williams, to help the community heal from the mass shooting in May. Thousands of backpacks and school supplies were given away,

“We have been supporting each other and the world. That evil will not win, that hate will not win, that racism will not win,” Mayor Brown said.

“Never again should an 18-year-old be able to get their hands on an AR-15 assault weapon that’s intended for the battlefield,” Gov. Hochul said.

At the event, a balloon was released in honor of each of the 10 victims.

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