Sometimes things happen in our life that leave us completely baffled and at a loss for words.
What a scary world we live in.
I woke up this morning to my alarm clock ready to start another week. I looked down at my phone and before I could even see straight saw several different news updates across my screen. There was a shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last night… My heart hurts for the family members and friends of all those that are deceased or injured.
The headlines read: “Las Vegas Massacre,” “Las Vegas shooting: At least 59 dead, more than 520 injured in massacre,” and countless posts on both Instagram and Facebook offering up prayers for the victims of those unsuspecting concertgoers.
*death toll and injuries updated
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Katrina in recent days left many people without food, water and electricity. Communities are still rallying to support the communities that have been impacted by these hurricanes. Recovery from these natural disasters is going to be long and arduous.
I have no profound realizations, no answers to why these things are happening. I honestly do not even know what to say… I’m truly at a loss for words. I wanted to use this opportunity to offer resources available to help those victims of recent hurricanes/natural disaster and most recent the victims and family members of those lost at the Concert in Las Vegas. Our country needs our support and they need our prayers. God Bless the USA!
Given the number of injuries and surgeries taken places as a result, blood donations are important. Whether or not you live in Las Vegas it’s so important to donate blood. Consider locating a donation center nearby. An article I read today suggests that people make donating blood a regular occurrence. Blood helps save lives. Regardless if you live in or near Las Vegas it is recommended that people donate blood regularly to help ensure in a lifesaving situation resources are available.
To find a blood donation center near visit the American Red Cross page here. Also if you reside Las Vegas consider visiting a local blood bank. Please be sure to visit this site for 6 Local Blood Donation locations.
Puerto Rico was just hit by a hurricane and they need our help! Hurricane Maria, mass flooding and serious destruction has put this beautiful island at risk. They need help! Consider donating money to aid in relief for the people of Puerto Rico. Consider donating to funds to one of these organizations. Monetary donations are important at this point as these funds can be allocating to best meet the needs of the people of Puerto Rico.
UNICEF USA (here).
A donation to UNICEF will provide critical support to the children of Puerto Rico and their families. A $28 donation will provide, “basic, essential supplies such as water purification tablets, a water bucket with lid, water containers, soap, toothpaste, detergent and sanitary pads. The supplies will help children and their families keep clean and healthy, protecting them from diseases that can occur after the loss of equipment and infrastructure and the disruption of a safe water supply.”
Other organizations to consider amongst others (this list is not exhaustive) Also please consider visiting the crowdfunding platform “GoFundMe” by clicking here.
*Consider volunteering in the days and months to come. Visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website.
*While donating goods is meeting a need for the people of Puerto Rico it is important to understand that donating funds is the best option. By donating funds organizations are able to point the donation in the appropriate/most needed areas. For more information visit the FEMA website here to learn more about ways you can help in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Harvey devastated the people on the Texas coast and Houston area in late August. Many residents are still displaced a month after Harvey made landfall. The aftermath of the hurricane is still present and the debris is overwhelming. Texas is still in need as they recover from Hurricane Harvey. Consider making donations to:
The American Red Cross – call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a donation.
Different organizations such as the Texas Diaper Bank, Humane Society, Feeding Texas, Catholic Charities USA, etc. that are still accepting donations. Please consider donating to help those in need in Texas. This is not an exhaustive list. Do your research and give to a charity that is near and dear to your heart. Every donation counts.
Florida + Neighboring States
Hurricane Irma stretched across 650 miles from east to west and in total hit nine states. Many homes and communities were affected by Hurricane Irma and still need our help. Consider donating to one of the following organizations.
The American Red Cross – call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text IRMA to 90999 to make a donation.