By late Monday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed 59 dead and 527 injured in wake of a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Oct. 1, making the attack the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Many people in the Reno community, including a large portion of the University of Nevada, Reno, population, have connections to Las Vegas and are wondering what they can do to help the hundreds of people affected by the shooting. Others are looking for resources to help them heal mentally from this tragedy.
These are the things happening in the Reno area that can help people heal and benefit those affected.
Multiple vigils are popping up around the city in recognition of those affected by the shooting.
Join Action Together Nevada, Nevada Interfaith Coalition for Equality & Inclusion, Battle Born Progress, Nevada Clergy Association, Nevada Gun Safety Coalition, Organizing for Action, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the Interfaith Coalition for Gun Responsibility and local spiritual and faith leaders and government representatives set up a vigil at Reno City Plaza on Monday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m.
UNR is also hosting a vigil in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. A large banner will be available at this vigil to sign that will be sent to Las Vegas on Thursday.
Thousands of people have shown up to United Blood Services to wait hours in line to donate blood in wake of the shooting. However, the blood bank has said they have enough blood for now as if they take more it will go bad before it can be used or transported. Even so, it encourages people to keep coming back later in order to donate.
“We understand that people want to come forward now to show their support, however, to effectively manage the blood supply for patients, we are asking donors to make appointments to give blood throughout the coming days and weeks,” officials said in a statement.
Those interested in donating blood can make appointments at NevadaHeroes or call 1-800-696-4484.
Other organizations are also setting up blood drives. Alpha Sigma Phi will be hosting a drive in the Rotunda on Monday, Oct. 9. Sign up to donate online at http://bit.ly/2xTbw8D. The Orvis School of Nursing is also hosting a drive in the Rotunda on Monday, Oct. 23. Sign up to donate online at http://bit.ly/2yEzkue.
Donate to GoFundMe
There have been a number of GoFundMe and other crowdsourcing pages set up to help those affected by the shooting.
Savanna Chasco, a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, has a GoFundMe set up to help her pay her medical bills after being shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
People looking to donate can look at GoFundMe and other crowdsourcing sites to see who is asking for help.
There are a number of resources the university provides that can help people recover emotionally and mentally from the shooting.
In a statement, President Marc Johnson encouraged students and people on campus to reach out to counseling services.
The Counseling Center can be reached at wwwunr.edu/counseling or 784-4648.
The Associate Vice President for Student Life can assist with class absences, academic, financial and personal support of those affected. He can be reached at 784-1471.
Madeline Purdue can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.