We're all still reeling from the news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that occurred on the night of October 1. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. As we learn more information, many people are feeling helpless and wondering what they can do to help those who have been affected. We've compiled a list of four things you can do right now to help those in need.
In the wake of a tragedy, it's natural to ask: What can I do?
It’s difficult to see our fellow humans suffering and in pain, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming trying to figure out what specific, concrete things you can do to help the situation. Here’s where you can start:
1. Make an appointment to donate blood.
Especially if you live in the Las Vegas area, nearby hospitals will need donated blood. There are several locations throughout Las Vegas where you can make an appointment.
The World Health Organization says, “There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.”
Even if you don’t live in Las Vegas, donating blood is one of the most useful things you can do for your fellow humans.
2. Donate money.
If you’d like to donate funds to the organizations helping the victims of the shooting, the Red Cross is a good place to start. You can easily donate online. Keep an eye peeled GoFundMe campaigns as well, as there are sure to be several set up in the next few days with a variety of goals.
You can also donate to Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization dedicated to ending gun violence in America.
3. Contact your elected representatives.
While it might not seem like much, contacting government employees regarding gun legislation is one of the easiest ways to make a lasting impact in the wake of a tragedy such as the shooting in Las Vegas.
The organization known as 5 Calls makes this incredibly easy. Simply go to their website, dial the number and read the script posted there. Today you can call to block the deregulation of gun silencers.
4. Be responsible with your social media posts.
As this story is still developing, there are already a number of hoaxes going around regarding the shooting. Do your due diligence to ensure you’re not spreading faulty or incomplete information. This is yet another way that you can be part of the solution.