How to Help Las Vegas Shooting Victims
A horrific shooting shocked the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, marking the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. A lone gunman opened fire on concert-goers attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing at least 58 and wounding over 500. As our nation comes together to grieve this monumental loss, Americans around the country are trying to find ways to help the victims and the community.
Those in the Las Vegas and Southern Nevada area are encouraged to donate blood. Hospitals are still caring for victims, many of which suffered severe gunshot wounds and other significant injuries. The American Red Cross is hosting blood drives and United Blood Services is also taking donations. For the latest on where you can donate blood click here. Some blood banks have received an overwhelming amount of donations. Please call before visiting a donation center.
For others who are not located in the Las Vegas or Southern Nevada, there are numerous organizations accepting donations and raising funds for victims and their families to pay for medical expenses and put toward various relief efforts.
Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to provide financial support for victims and families. Steve Sisolak pledged the first $10,000. To donate to the GoFundMe account, click here.
The National Compassion Fund is an organization that provides immediate and long-term support to victims of mass crime, including disasters like 9/11 and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. To donate to the National Compassion Fund, click here.
The Southern Nevada chapter of the Red Cross is not accepting donations specifically for victims of the shooting but all support is welcome in instances of disaster relief. Make an online donation here, or by phone at 702-369-3674 or via mail at 1771 East Flamingo Road, #206B, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119.
Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to all victims and families of this tragedy.
Sources: Newsweek, USA Today