Skip to main content

Las Vegas massacre: How Minnesotans can help

Details on how to donate to organizations providing help on the ground in Nevada.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The mass shooting in Las Vegas is the world at its very worst, but it's bringing out the best in citizens rushing to aid those hurt in the massacre.

Tales of heroism among those caught up in the chaos have been emerging on Monday, while calls for blood to help the 500-plus people injured have prompted huge lines outside blood banks as people rush to donate.

Minnesota may be some 1,500 miles away from the Nevada city, but there are ways that Minnesotans can help all those affected.

Donating money

You might not be able to donate blood, but you can donate to the Southern Nevada chapter of the Red Cross, which is accepting donations via its website here or by phone at 702-369-3674.

You can also donate to the Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, which provides medical services to people without access to health care.

An official GoFundMe account for the victims and families of the shooting has been set up by the chairman of the Clark County commission. 

So far it has raised more than $900,000 out of a $2 million target. You can find the page here.

Newsweek also suggests donating to the National Compassion Fund, which directly distributes donations to victims of a mass crime, previously helping families of those killed in 9/11 and the Sandy Hook massacre.

Be careful what you share

In the hours after the shooting, there was a wealth of misinformation about the perpetrator and motivation that spread like wildfire across the internet.

Business Insider reports that viral fake news hit social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, while some of it has even fooled Google search algorithms and ended up in the top results.

To follow developments, follow trusted news outlets that are getting their information from official sources and cross-check them with other outlets. Check on the validity of the information you see before you share it.

Also be wary of fundraising sites raising money for the victims of the shooting. Some of these might well be raising money for a funeral or memorial, but Stylecaster notes that incidents like this bring forward opportunists seeking a quick buck from well-intentioned citizens.

To get the latest straight from officials, Las Vegas police are sharing updates on their Twitter page.

Contacting your Member of Congress

The shooting has unsurprisingly led to calls for action on gun control, and other calls from people requesting a few days of grief before demanding political change.

But if you're among those who want to see action taken at the political level, you can find the details of how to contact Minnesota's Congressional delegation here. 

If you want to make representations at the state level, you can search for your state legislator using this site.

You can help with Puerto Rico too

While Vegas is the latest disaster to hit the U.S., the island of Puerto Rico is still reeling from the devastating hurricane that flattened the island and has left more than half of its residents without access to clean drinking water.

Minnesota Sen. Melissa Franzen, a native of the island, is coordinating the state's response to the disaster with fundraisers and a demonstration planned for this week. You can find out more about this here.

GoMN put together a guide last week about how to help Puerto Rico relief efforts. You can find this here.

Next Up

image

Abogados Café in St. Paul is the first law-themed coffee shop in America

The new business is Minnesota's first Latina-owned coffee shop.

Clydesdale

Man dies after being run over by his Clydesdale in St. Cloud

The accident happened Sunday afternoon at the St. Cloud MAC.

Brandon Gardas

St. Michael standoff suspect charged, bail set at $10 million

A judge on Monday set the high bail due to "very significant concerns of public safety" regarding Brandon Gardas.

20210722_hhc_570

Minnesota's premier trauma center housed at HCMC

The Minneapolis center is nationally recognized in pediatric trauma

Crisp & Green

Crisp & Green opening 13th store in Twin Cities in July

The fast-casual salad and grains restaurant has exploded onto the food scene.

FLickr - Target Field 2019 - mark grabe

Twins to host post-game concert with country star at Target Field

Country singer Cole Swindell is expected to perform for up to 75 minutes after the conclusion of the Blue Jays-Twins contest.

10974344_886755688011981_7448860726679919201_o

Canton Restaurant closes after nearly 40 years in Burnsville

It's the end of an era in the Twin Cities restaurant world.

Screen Shot 2022-06-27 at 12.47.20 PM

Luck strikes in Minnesota: lottery winners in Duluth, Grand Marais

The North Shore just so happened to be a lucky place to be this past weekend.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, June 27

BA.5 is expected to become the dominant subvariant in Minnesota.

police lights squad car

60-year-old woman arrested after firing shots inside Spicer home

SWAT evacuated nearby residents during the incident.

Related

MN native among victims injured in Las Vegas mass shooting

Other Minnesotans witnessed the attack as well.

Disabled Minnesota veteran shot dead at Las Vegas motel

The 33-year-old's family say he was traveling the country.

Minnesotans respond with horror, anger at Florida school massacre

Seventeen people – most of them students – died in the mass shooting.

Bert Blyleven's son ran back into Vegas chaos to help save people

Todd Blyleven said he probably helped rescue 30-40 people.