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Ways to Help the Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting

October 3, 2017

There are so many unanswered questions about Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old man that was allegedly behind the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas Sunday night. The death toll stands at 59 with more than 500 people injured in the chaos that ensued as automatic gunfire rained down on the 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

We know he had multiple weapons, plenty of ammo, and even explosive materials in his parked car. But we still don't know why he planned and carried out this mass shooting. It gets harder and harder every time one of these mass shootings happen. It leaves us feeling helpless and unsure of our overall safety. 

If you want to help the victims and the families impacted by Sunday night's shooting, there are a couple of things you can do. 

There's an official GoFundMe page set up to aid survivors and their families from the Clark County Sherrif's Department.

The page was set up yesterday morning with a goal of $3.5 million and has already raised over $3.1 million. Family members are traveling to Vegas to be with their loved ones while they get the medical care they need and this fund will help off-set the cost. 

You can find some of the individual GoFundME pages set up for people injured or killed here.

Lines began yesterday at about 4am Vegas time at the local blood banks and grew quickly. People were waiting up 8-hours to make a donation. The good news is that the blood supply in Vegas is good for now. They are encouraging people to wait until tomorrow or later in the week to make donations. 

But why do we need to wait for the next huge storm or tragedy to donate blood? Even if you make a donation locally, should a blood shortage happen elsewhere in the U.S., the blood can be transferred. 

Every 2 second someone needs blood. Think about how your donation can save a life. Get locations and hours for Charlotte area blood donation centers here.