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7 Ways You Can Help Victims Of The Las Vegas Shooting

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

On the evening of October 1, 2017, a gunman began firing at people attending a concert on the Las Vegas strip.

Over 50 victims lost their lives while over 400 have sustained injuries, according to NBC News. With reports continuing to update, several news sources have confirmed this as the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Country star Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shots rang out. He issued a statement on Instagram calling the attack “beyond horrific.”

The heartbreaking news has left many of us wondering how we can lend a hand to the victims and their families. That said, it can be difficult to distinguish the options that actually help from those that may simply go to waste or even hinder the circumstances for those dealing with the aftermath of this tragedy.

Take a look below to see how you can make a difference, and be sure to SHARE with your friends on Facebook.

Left Thumbnail Photo: Getty Images / Ethan Miller

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The New York Times reported that the shooting on the Las Vegas strip began after 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Thousands of people were in attendance when a gunman attacked from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

1. Don't Spread Hoaxes

1. Don't Spread Hoaxes

The Houston Chronicle reported that several hoaxes have picked up attention just hours after the attack. People are sharing images of innocent people claiming to be the suspected gunman. Others are asking for help finding “loved ones” who weren’t actually at the event.

Double-check every news source and their information before sharing it on your own feed. Hoaxes and rumors only clog up the chances of help getting to those who are actually in need.

2. Donate To The Red Cross

2. Donate To The Red Cross

The Red Cross is always immediately on the ground in emergency situations like this, and donations are essential to keeping the organization running with volunteers, medical care, and supplies.

You can easily make a donation through their official website.

3. Donate Blood

3. Donate Blood

ABC News reported several kind residents of Las Vegas and the surrounding area lined up to give blood just hours after the news spread. Of course, they will need as many donations as they can get in the wake of the attack.

If you or someone you know is anywhere near the Las Vegas area, consider making an appointment at one of the United Blood Services locations.

4. Donate To Mental Health Volunteers

4. Donate To Mental Health Volunteers

It’s not just the physical wounds that will need help healing. Victims will need help coping with their emotional and mental well-being following the devastation.

Organizations like the Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada help care for both physical and mental health in the area, and they could use the extra support right now.

5. Donate To The Compassion Fund

5. Donate To The Compassion Fund

The organization is run by the National Center for Victims of Crime. Following other recent attacks, they have provided a transparent way for the rest of us to donate funds directly to the victims of mass-casualty crimes.

You can head to their official website to make a donation.

6. Respect The Victims On Social Media

6. Respect The Victims On Social Media

There were several graphic images and videos shared online following the attack from both news sources and people who were on the ground at the time.

However, you might want to think twice before sharing the upsetting visuals on your own feed. Family members and loved ones are likely still in shock, regardless of whether someone they know was safe or not. They’re already surrounded by the images from the news. Seeing it pop up from a random friend on their social media can be incredibly hurtful and disrespectful.

7. Help Families Contact Loved Ones

7. Help Families Contact Loved Ones

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a message on Twitter with a phone number that you can share to help those trying to find family and friends that have gone missing since the attack: 1-866-535-5654.

Please be sure to SHARE all of the ways we can help the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.