How to Help in the Aftermath of Las Vegas’ Mass Shooting

In the wake of a tragedy, here’s how the community is coming together

Updates from Oct. 4:

As of this morning, there were still several locations in need of supplies. Here are some that are still in need:

  • LVMPD Downtown Area Command (621 N. 9th St.): Accepting all donations
  • LVMPD Northeast Area Command (3750 Cecile Ave): Accepting anything
  • LVMPD Enterprise Command (6975 W. Windmill Ln.): In need of lots of coffee
  • American Medical Response (7201 W. Post Rd.): Accepting water, lunches, toiletries, coffee

#Hearts4Vegas

Updates from Oct. 3:

When we started compiling this list on Monday, we didn’t know how this would take shape. Our community was hurting, but our community was also helping, comforting, consoling, healing. Throughout the day, we kept updating this page with new information about donation drives, vigils and free services. While some of the campaigns are ongoing, some community needs have been fulfilled. For example, the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund is ongoing and has increased its goal to $4.5 million with an astounding $3.7 million raised as of noon today, but United Blood Services has met its donations needs.

As we move forward, we’ll continue to provide links to as many resources and services as we can on this page. The tremendous community efforts that we learned of yesterday are still listed lower on this page, but we’ll compile new, additional information immediately below. Stay strong, Las Vegas.

Support Services

While yesterday MGM Resorts International, the parent company of Mandalay Bay, established hotlines and in-person counseling services to guests and employees, today the company is offering up another hotline for the victims, their family members and others impacted by last night’s event to contact them directly. Here are more centers, organizations and help groups that are showing up for those in need of emotional support.

United Health
24/7 Free Emotional Support Help Line
866-342-6892

FirstMed Health and Wellness Center
Free medical services, counseling, prescription review and refills

3343 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV  89169

400 Shadow Lane, Suite 106
Las Vegas, NV  89106

UNLV School of Medicine
Free crisis support
Mojave Counseling Clinic
6375 W. Charleston Blvd.
To schedule an appointment, call 702-253-0818

Red Rock Psychology Health
Free group therapy on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.
Free walk-in mental health emergencies
6402 McLeod Dr., Suite 5
702-898-5311

More Vigils Tonight

Prayer Vigil
(Held in lieu of National Night Out; Commissioner Larry Brown, City Council Members among those scheduled to attend)
Mountain Crest Park
4701 N. Durago Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89129
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Candlelight Vigil at Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum
600 E. Charleston Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
7 p.m.

United States Bartenders Guild Still Accepting Donations

Mean Girls for Las Vegas

Cast members of popular 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls have teamed up to help raise money for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. October 3 is a key date in the film—Lindsay Lohan’s crush in the movie asks her what day it is on October 3. October 3 has since turned into Mean Girls Day, an annual sharing of memes and quotes from the film. This year, it means something else as the cast set to $300,000, all of which will be given to the National Compassion Fund to be distributed to victims of the Las Vegas shooting. To contribute to the fund, click here.


Updates from Oct. 2:

Editor’s note: This article will be updated throughout the day with up-to-date links and resources. Last updated Oct. 2, 10:17 p.m.

This morning, the Las Vegas community is reeling from a tragedy—one of the deadliest in U.S. history—that, at press time, has left 59 dead and 527 injured.

Last night, our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, parents and other loved ones were taken from us heartlessly. Many of us stayed awake in fear, hoping and praying for a returned call or text message or Facebook Safety Check. This morning, many of us are racing to do whatever we can to help one another. Blood donation centers and food banks are seeing an outpour of contributions, and various crowd-funding pages have sprouted up. There are also many tasteless hoaxes spreading online.

In an effort to streamline community initiatives, we’ve compiled a list of credible donation centers, social media campaigns and other ways to help one another.

How to Find Loved Ones

City of Las Vegas

In a post that’s gone viral, the City of Las Vegas published a graphic on social media, notifying the public to call 1-800-536-9488 (the original number was changed Monday evening) to find loved ones. As well, a family reunification center has been established at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, located at 400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Building B.

Free Flights for Family of Victims

Las Vegas-based airline Allegiant Air is offering free flights for family members of victims of this tragedy. Those in need of air travel assistance can contact Allegiant at communications@allegiantair.com.

Free Rooms for Those in Need

Several hospitality groups and hotels are offering rooms to relatives of victims. Among them are Boyd Gaming, Station Casinos, Siegel Suites and South Point Hotel. See below for details.

Airbnb’s Open Homes Program is also providing free temporary housing. Hosts in Las Vegas have opened their homes to relief workers and those who have been displaced due to this tragedy. To find a host, or to open your home, click here.

Financial Support

Las Vegas Victim’s Fund

Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak started a GoFundMe campaign Monday morning in order to provide relief and financial aid to victims of the shooting. When we published this article this morning, the campaign had raised more than $750,000 within five hours. As of 4 p.m., the campaign had raised more than $1.6 million. To contribute, click here.

Zappos Donation Match

Las Vegas-based online retailer Zappos has started a campaign vowing to match donations up to $1 million. To contribute, visit zappos.com/support.

National Compassion Fund

The National Compassion Fund is also accepting donations to support the immediate and long-term needs of victims. All of the funds received will be distributed directly to those affected, and are held separately from general donations to the National Center for Victims of Crime. To donate, click here.

Donation Centers

There are various blood donation centers across Las Vegas. However, due to the overwhelming response, it’s being advised that potential donors schedule an appointment online at bloodhero.com. On Monday night, United Blood Services sent out a press release stating it had met its needs for shooting victims, for now. At a press briefing Monday night, Asst. Sheriff Todd Fasulo said public agencies have seen a tremendous amount of food donations from the community but do not have the means to distribute them. “Metro does not have the ability to coordinate delivery or distribution. We are asking that if you are going to donate food, do so with either bottled water or sealed food to the Red Cross at 1771 E. Flamingo,” Fasulo said.

Before going to a location with goods or to give blood, find out their specific needs first as some locations are now inundated and blood is perishable.

Here are several places to donate:

Family Assistance Center
Las Vegas Convention Center, Exhibit Hall S-2
3150 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

United Blood Services
6930 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89117
702-228-448

4950 West Craig Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89130
702-645-8700

601 Whitney Ranch Drive
Building D, Suite 20
Henderson, NV 89014
702-434-1838

Labor Health & Welfare Clinic
7135 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

Ride sharing services are also playing their part to assist by offering free rides to blood donation centers. Lyft is giving rides up to $40 to/from blood donation centers, hospitals and relief centers, including United Blood Services, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, University Medical Center and the Family Reunification Center at Metro Headquarters. Use the code: VegasHope.


Scenes from United Blood Services

Photos by Krystal Ramirez

Vigils and Gatherings

Community members are also calling on one another to unite at vigils and public prayer. The Vigil for Las Vegas Shooting, which is being held tonight at 6 p.m. at Sunset Park, is also asking people to bring water and snacks for responders and donors, along with sanitary wipes to be used at the city’s various blood drives.

Prayer Service at City Hall
Las Vegas City Hall
495 S Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Oct. 2, 5 p.m.

Candlelight Vigil for Victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival
The Guardian Angel Cathedral
302 Cathedral Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Oct. 2, 5 p.m.

Vigil for Las Vegas Shooting
Sunset Regional Park
2601 East Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89120
Oct. 2, 6 p.m.

UNLV Vigil
UNLV Student Union Courtyard
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

Prayer Vigil for Las Vegas
Reformation Lutheran Church
580 E St Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Oct. 2, 6 p.m.

Charity Bicycle Ride
Meet at Huntridge Tavern
1116 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Oct. 7, 6 p.m.

In order to help UNLV students, faculty and staff cope with the tragedy, the University Libraries is hosting therapy dogs from Love Dog Adventures on Tuesday, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Research Consultation Room at Lied Library. Its blog also has other resources listed for Rebels in need of support.

Calls for Donations

Bunkhouse Saloon (124 S. 11th St.) is collecting blankets, water, snack bags and non-perishable foods starting today at 4 p.m. The Downtown venue plans to deliver items to blood banks.

Local law firm Claggett & Sykes is taking drop-offs at their office beginning today, with plans to keep the donation collection going for as many days or weeks needed. Currently, their team is interested in items to help support the blood banks, so bottled water, food and trash bags are good options. Find the firm located across from Meadows Mall at 4101 Meadows Lane, Suite 100.

The Grant a Gift Autism Foundation (630 S. Rancho Ste. D) is accepting water bottles, juice boxes and non-perishable single food packs, such as small bags of chips and breakfast bars. Supplies collected there will be taken to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas and United Blood Services of Nevada.

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation is accepting monetary donations to assist victims and families at. Click here to donate. The organization is also looking for volunteers. Those who want to volunteer can fill out an online form here.

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