A deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas yesterday shook the world. Two adults and 19 children were killed at Robb Elementary School, in the second deadliest school shooting in US history. It is difficult to describe the severity of the tragedy.
While many Americans were not directly affected by this event, we are all heartbroken by the loss of life and property. And naturally, people are drawn to help in any way they can. There are several ways to help victims’ families and emergency responders, through NPR. Read on for more details on how you can help.
After the shooting, GoFundMe opened a fundraiser verified to support victims and their families. That center includes a Fundraising from VictimsFirst, held by survivors and families from previous mass shootings. The group said it started the fund because it wanted to make sure all funds went directly to the families of the victims, after members said they had witnessed exploitation in the past.
If you are a local living in the Uvalde area, emergency services are looking for blood donations. The University of San Antonio Health System is asking for blood donations at hospitals and other blood donation centers, to “ensure we have an immediate supply for the victims of this tragic shooting. “
If you’re looking for ways to help, consider donating blood. Your donation can help ensure that we have immediate supplies available to the victims of this tragic shooting.
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The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, which helped donate blood soon after, is organizing emergency blood drive quickly filled with volunteers. It has also added slots to the emergency blood drive and is encouraging people to keep booking appointments next week.
However, even if you are not a Texas local, you can donate blood through your local blood donation center or make an appointment with American Red Cross. It’s a free way to contribute to your community and only takes about an hour of your time and it helps keep blood in reserve for future emergencies. As the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center noted, “This tragedy underscores the importance of always having blood available on shelves and when it is needed.”
Voluntary legal services
If you are both a local to the San Antonio area and have a law degree, the San Antonio Legal Services Association is looking for volunteers. The group speaks in a post on Facebook that they are looking for volunteers to donate professional support to victims and families “as urged to do so by community partners and civic leaders in the coming weeks.” Eligible attorneys can email the team about their qualifications and area of practice.
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