Photo: Mark Damon/Las Vegas News Bureau
As Las Vegas continues to show strength and grace in the face of tragedy, you may be asking yourself a simple question: What can I do to help?
The Las Vegas Victims Fund has raised more than $9 million dollars of a $15 million goal in less than four days. You can contribute online as well. Every dollar helps and no contribution is too small. The fund will directly go to the victims and their families.
Other fundraising efforts have been initiated by Zappos and the National Compassion Fund. Catholic Charities and Three Square food bank have been overwhelmed by food donations but can always use financial contributions for distribution purposes.
Blood banks are currently full following an outpouring of support and donations. However, you can return in the future and help keep supplies high. Unfortunately, tragedy can strike at any time and you never know when blood will be needed, including in other parts of the country that may need to share our local supply. Contact United Blood Services for more information.
Chefs from restaurants like Other Mama, District One, Delmonico Steakhouse, Evel Pie, Pancho's Vegan Tacos, Dirt Dog, 800 Degrees Pizza, Tacos & Beer, Burgerism, Makers & Finders and many others have given their time and meals to first responders to show appreciation for their hard work and professionalism since the tragedy. Thank them in turn by visiting their establishments and giving them your patronage.
We also encourage you to spend money and enjoy the Las Vegas Strip, especially Mandalay Bay - a property that's home to services, employees, and businesses who don't deserve to be connected to such a horrible tragedy. We can't let fear dominate our lives. We must be stronger than ever and not let a deranged gunman dictate how we live. Meanwhile, take comfort in knowing that Las Vegas is one of the safest major metropolitan areas in the world, with security teams and law enforcement doing everything possible to keep us safe.
A personal gesture of your own, large or small, including a simple "thank you" to our first responders, from police officers to nurses and other hospital employees, can often mean more than you will ever know.
Open your hearts to the survivors of the shooting and the loved ones of those lost. Make sure they are never forgotten and embrace the strength of those moving forward in painful and difficult times. VegasGiant is proud to be part of this amazing community and the unity it represents.
By Rob Kachelriess