5 Ways You Can Help After The Las Vegas Shooting

"Consider donating whatever time, money, and resources you can."

On October 1, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of people attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.  At least 58 people have died and more than 500 are reported injured, with death tolls expected to rise. In remarks delivered Monday morning, President Trump called the attack — which is now being described as the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history — an "act of pure evil."

Though it's easy to feel helpless after an unspeakable tragedy like this, there are several key ways you can help the victims and their families. Please take a look at our list below and consider donating whatever time, money, and resources you can.



1. Donate blood. Regularly.

With hundreds injured, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is asking local residents to donate blood. "Anyone wishing to help is asked to donate blood for the injured victims of the Strip shooting," the department said in a statement.

Per the statement, United Blood Services started taking donations at 7 a.m. PST at their 6930 W. Charleston location in Las Vegas, and at their 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson. University Medical Center of Southern Nevada will also be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with United Blood Services at UMC's Delta Point Building located at 901 N. Rancho Lane. 

As you can see above, Nevadans and others in the area are heading law enforcement's advice and already donating blood. That photo of a crowd of people waiting to give blood was taken around 4:30 a.m. local time, before the center even opened.

According to a tweet from local news reporter Yasmeen Hassan, one line to give blood now stretches through a parking lot and around the block.

And although the blood banks will eventually fill up (as is typical following acts of mass violence as people gather to give), this will only be temporary, and more blood will be needed, by the victims of this event and others, further down the line. Give regularly, if you can.

2. Support your local blood bank.

Although some blood banks in Las Vegas are now reported to be at capacity with donations of water, blankets, and chairs for those waiting in line, they may need other forms of support going forward.

3. Donate to the Las Vegas Victims' fund.

Just hours after the mass shooting occurred, Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak and Sheriff Joe Lombardo started a GoFundMe campaign to assist the victims. Sisolak pledged the first $10,000, and in a matter of hours, the campaign has raised over $685,000 of its $1 million goal.

According to the campaign, funds raised "will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting."



4. Donate your time.

If you are a certified trauma counselor, consider heading to Las Vegas to donate some of your time to help comfort survivors of the mass shooting and safeguard their mental health. The Mandalay Bay Resort tweeted a need for trauma counselors on Monday, saying they have already set up a hotline for people to call and are in the process of establishing ways hotel guests and employees can speak to a medical professional in person. 

Per a subsequent tweet, Mandalay Bay Resort outlined how those interested in offering their medical expertise can get involved.

5. Call your representatives.

It's undeniable that policies instituted by people in D.C. have an affect on outcomes elsewhere. So, if you think one of those policies should change, call your representative and advocate for what you believe in.

As Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter advocating for the creation of a Select Committee on Gun Violence: "Today is a day for prayer, mourning, and love, but it must also be a day for action."

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