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3 Ways to Help Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting

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Give blood, volunteer your services & be diligent

It’s a terrifying moment in history when you can go to a country music festival in Las Vegas — or Bastille Day celebrations on a promenade in Nice or an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England... tragically, the list goes on — and have to worry about you or your loved ones coming out alive. In the wake of last night’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, 50 people have died and at least 400 more have been injured. (Someone I know was among those who were shot and will survive, thank God — but so many others didn’t.)

Even if you’re fortunate enough not to have been directly impacted by this tragedy, it’s terrifying and heartbreaking to watch the news unfold. And while there’s not a lot we can do right now, there are a few things that can make a big difference — see below for how you can help.

Donate blood

Blood donations are badly needed, especially if you happen to be in the Vegas area. Try the Las Vegas United Blood Service or check the tweets below for other places you can give blood.

Offer medical assistance

There’s going to be a big need for physical and mental health assistance. You can donate to organizations like the Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, who give care to people who don’t otherwise have access to it.

Be diligent

Another helpful thing you can do is to be diligent. During disasters, there are a lot of people in such a rush to share news that they’re often sharing it from unverified sources. Try to stick to trusted news outlets. Spreading news that’s not verified can lead to hysteria, especially if related to fears of other attacks. In particular, watch out for crowdsourcing pages. Some will be from legitimate people who need help with medical care or funeral costs, but many others are just trying to profit off a terrible situation.

More: 8 Ways to Help Hurricane Victims Right Now

If you’re looking to locate a missing loved one, here’s a number to call:

Watch this space in the hours and days ahead for more ways you can help those impacted by the tragic Las Vegas shooting.

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

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