What You Can Do for Las Vegas

By now many of you will have heard about the horrific shooting in Las Vegas. At times like these, our natural instinct is to jump in and help, but so often we don’t know where to start. Here’s what you can do:

If You’re In Las Vegas:

  1. Do Not Go To The Affected Area
    Local authorities need space to do their job. Please do not interfere, even when you are trying to help.
  2. Donate Blood
    There are hundreds of people in the hospital, and many of them may need blood. If you are able to donate blood, please do so.
  3. Be A Good Listener
    When tragedy happens, people need to talk. Be a good listener and comfort where you can. If you need someone to talk to yourself, please contact local community services or IMAlive.
  4. Mark Yourself Safe
    If you live in the area and you use social media, please mark yourself safe so your friends and family don’t worry.
  5. Perform Random Acts Of Kindness
    Even if you or people you know were not directly affected by this tragedy, senseless events like these can make the world seem like an awful place. Counteract that by spreading kindness. Pledge to do 10 random acts of kindness for others this week.
  6. Apply For A Random Acts Sponsored Act
    If you know someone in need, we can help you to help them by funding tangible items such as food or supplies. You can apply for an Act here: http://www.randomacts.org/perform-an-act-of-kindness/.

If You’re In Another Area:

  1. Donate Blood
    Even if it isn’t in your area, blood stores are depleted quickly so it’s still important to donate.
  2. Post Responsibly
    During a tragedy, social media can be an enormously helpful tool, but it can also spread rumors and misinformation. Pay attention to what you are posting and re-posting and make sure what you are sharing comes from a reliable source.
  3. Provide Counseling If You Are Trained
    Tragedies don’t just affect those who are in the immediate area. These kinds of events can cause traumatic reactions in many. If you are a trained counselor, contact your local counseling services to see if you can provide assistance.
  4. Donate Responsibly
    Use Charity Navigator, GuideStar, or another reputable source to be sure the cause you want to donate to is a legitimate charity.
  5. Perform Random Acts of Kindness
    Even if you or people you know were not directly affected by this tragedy, senseless events like these can make the world seem like an awful place. Counteract that by spreading kindness. Pledge to do 10 random acts of kindness for others this week.
  6. Apply For A Random Acts Sponsored Act For Local Charities
    Many charities have lists of items they are in need of, and we may be able to help with funding for these. If you know of a local charity in need of assistance, you can apply for an Act here: http://www.randomacts.org/perform-an-act-of-kindness/.

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