How to help: Community asked to wear pink on Friday to show support for Kayla Gomez's family

Published on Thursday, 3 November 2016 21:10 - Written by FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com

Kayla Gomez-Orozco’s family asks for prayers that the 10-year-old will return home safely.

Through a cause Facebook page, titled Help Find Kayla Gomez, family members have posted notes thanking the community for support and asking for continued prayers, but there are other ways the public can help the family as well.

A post on the Facebook page asked community members to wear Kayla’s favorite color, pink, on Friday to show solidarity.

“We are asking everyone to please wear pink (Friday),” the post reads. “Shirt or ribbon or whatever you choose in honor of Kayla. We will be adding pink ribbon to our vehicles also - on back windshield wiper or antennae - until she is brought home safely. We encourage you to do the same.”

As of Thursday evening, the Facebook page had more than 8,000 likes. Other posts there offered prayers and examples of things community members were doing to help.

A YouCaring.com account was established for East Texans to donate directly to the family. The raised funds will help pay the family’s bills while they take time off from work to help with the search.

As of Thursday evening, the account raised nearly $3,000.

First responders also received an influx of food and supplies to keep them going in the search.

Bullard City Manager Jay Abercrombie said the city has plenty of snacks and water, and businesses and individuals have signed up to provide meals.

“The city never solicited for any of this; it didn’t have to,” he said. “It was people in the community feeling like they wanted to do something to help.”

Anyone wishing to donate food should aim to feed about 100 people, Abercrombie said, adding the crews are working in shifts.

All donations should be brought to Bullard City Hall, 114 S. Phillips St. To be added to the list, text or call 903-630-0607.

Residents also can contribute to a reward offered through the Cherokee County Crimestoppers. The organization received $13,000 in anonymous donations on Thursday to offer to anyone who gives information that leads to finding Kayla.

Residents can donate to the Cherokee County Crimestoppers at any Austin Bank location, but must specify that it be applied to Kayla’s fund.

HOW TO HELP

• Donate funds directly to the family: https://www.youcaring.com/familyofkaylagomez-684535

• Share messages of support at the family’s cause Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HelpFindKaylaGomez/?fref=ts

• Add to the Crimestoppers reward: Donate funds to the Cherokee County Crimestoppers account at any Austin Bank location and specify the funds be put toward Kayla Gomez’s reward.

• Prayer: The family asks that the community pray for Kayla’s safe return.