Needless to say, the Las Vegas mass shooting is still on the forefront of all of our minds.
As of now, the New York Times is reporting 58 people dead and over 200 people injured.
With so many suffering, you may feel helpless. Being in Florida, which is so far away may also add to your feeling of helplessness.
If you are itching to help, but you don’t know where to start, I may be able to help you out.
According to News 6 WKMG, there are a number of things you can do to help right here in Orlando.
Check out their list below.
-OneBlood in Orlando plans to send blood and platelets to Las Vegas. Click here to find a donation center or Big Red Bus where donations can be made.
-United Blood Services is accepting donations at its clinics in Las Vegas and across the country. Click here for a map of locations.
-America’s Blood Centers accepts blood donations at dozens of centers across the country, see a list of them here.
– The National Compassion Fund Las Vegas will give 100 percent of donated funds to the victims of the mass shooting. Click here to donate.
– Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak established a GoFundMe page with a $2 million goal. So far, more than $980,000 has been collected. Click here to donate.
-The Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross accepts donations by phone at 702-369-3674, by mail at 1771 E. Flamingo Rd., #206B Las Vegas, NV 89119 and online.
Help available for those impacted
– A hotline has been established for anyone who has been unable to contact a loved one and fears they could have been affected by the tragedy. That number is 1-866-535-5654.
-The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where authorities say shooter Stephen Paddock was when he fired an onslaught of bullets on the crowd below, has established a hotline for victims, guests and loved ones involved in Sunday night’s shooting. That number is 888-634-7111.
– Facebook has turned on its safety check feature for those in the Las Vegas area. Social media users in that region have made posts offering goods and services to those affected, click here to see more.
– The FBI is asking anyone with photos or videos of the mass shooting to call 1-800-255-5324.
– For those people in Orlando who were affected by the Pulse tragedy and are having difficulties processing the events in Las Vegas are encouraged to call the Orlando United Assistance Center at 407-500-HOPE.
Contact your local representatives
– Specific details on the gun or guns Paddock used in the shooting were not immediately available, although it is believed that 10 or more guns found in the hotel room were purchased legally and one might have been altered to function as an automatic weapon. The shooting has stirred up a debate on gun control and what kind of weapons should be available to the public, as it did in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse. To find out how to contact your local elected officials regarding gun laws across the country, click here.
This list will be updated as more resources become available.
SOURCE: News 6 WKMG