Many celebrities took to social media to express their sorrow over the tragedy that struck an Orlando, Fla. nightclub that catered to LGBT patrons when a man armed with an assault rifle killed 49 people, and wounded dozens of others.
But Christina Aguilera is going further, announcing that she will donate proceeds from her new musical release, called “Change,” to families of the victims and others directly affected by the massacre.
"The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind. I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families," said Aguilera in a letter she posted on her website.
"Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately."
Aguilera wrote the song with Fancy Hagood and Flo Reutter.
All proceeds coming from iTunes downloads between June 17 and September 14 will be donated to the National Compassion Fund and go to those affected by the nightclub attack launched by Omar Mateen, who died in a gunfight with police.
“We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated,” Aguilera wrote. “And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate.”
“Though there is such heavy sadness I believe that there is much more love in the world than we know,” she said. “We need to learn to love again, we need to learn that one person does make a difference; we need to keep love in our hearts.”