Because thoughts and prayers are nice, but not enough...
We're still reeling in the details from last night's horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas. Which is being reported as the deadliest in modern U.S. history.
What we know: A lone gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, positioned on a 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel fired into a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. At least 58 people were killed, including an off-duty Vegas police officer; more than 500 people were taken to the hospital. Afterwards, SWAT officers discovered Paddock dead in his hotel room from a reported self-inflicted injury.
Whenever tragedy strikes we scramble to find meaning, assign blame, and make sense of the situation. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families - but that doesn't really do shit. So here's what we can do to help.
1- Donate Blood
If you’re in the Vegas area, a number of facilities are currently taking blood donations, including United Blood Services in Vegas, which is located at 6930 West Charleston Boulevard; the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, which will hold its blood drive at the Delta Point Building; and a number of Red Cross blood drives that are currently listed on the organization’s website, Newsweek reports.
For those who aren’t in the Vegas area, the site recommends supporting the National Compassion Fund, which has previously worked with victims and families affected by the Sandy Hook school shooting and 9/11.
Regardless of your location, donate blood as your city may one day be in need. Do not wait for tragedy. Here's a resource to find blood donation centers in your city.
2- Donate to a GoFundMe or an Organization
Steve Sisolak, the Clark County Commission Chair has teamed up with the Las Vegas Sheriff’s department to create a GoFundMe to help the victims and their families. Given the scale of this shooting and the number of hospitalizations, there will likely be other families seeking contributions as well.
Additionally a donation to the Red Cross