Help Vegas Victims
Pray for all those affected by the tragedy in Vegas, but then do something. Regardless of your beliefs, I think we can all agree that we must do SOMETHING; Love harder, make your voice heard, donate.
Below I have listed some of the many ways you can help in the aftermath of the tragedy.
If you are near Las Vegas and have the ability to do so, the best way to help is by donating blood. If you are in LV proper, please make an appointment for the coming weeks as victims prepare for lifesaving surgeries. Las Vegas Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has asked everyone to solely utilize United Blood Services and University Medical Center to donate blood.
UPDATE: They are currently not in need of blood. However, please consider making an appointment to donate blood in the coming weeks. Even if you don't live near Las Vegas, please consider donating to your nearest blood bank. Let's not wait for the next tragedy to happen.
Additional information on blood donation requirements and eligibility can be found on the American Red Cross website.
United Blood Services currently taking donations at:
6930 W. Charleston and 4950 W. Craig Rd. in Las Vegas,
601 Whitney Ranch in Henderson, 256 E. Winnie Lane in Carson City,
1125 Terminal Way in Reno, 4670 Sparks Blvd. Suite 100 in Sparks
Local officials have set up verified GoFundMe page. Keep in mind GoFundMe typically has a 5-8% transaction fee that can potentially eat into donations. However, in similar events, like the aftermath of Orlando nightclub shooting, GoFundMe has essentially waived these fees by donating money to the fund. Hopefully, they come out and announce they will do the same in this situation.
The funds raised will be used to "provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting." Minimum Donation for the GoFundMe is just $5.
You can also donate to local organizations in Las Vegas, particularly those who provide counseling to those who need it.
Or donate to Volunteers in Medicine of South Nevada , which provides mental and physical health care to people who don't have access to it otherwise.
Write to Congress
While this won't provide relief to those who were injured or lost their lives, this is a good time to write to your Congressional representatives. Regardless of your opinion, don't be silent. Don't let Congress continue with inaction.
You can find your senator's address here.
You can find your representative's address here.