Last week we put out a call to donate blood. This week, we want to highlight how a community has come together to heal. Local businesses across the city have taken action in a show of compassion. If you can partake, please do.
Even if you are not from Las Vegas, take a moment to see how so many people are finding creative ways to help. This is about doing what you can with what you have.
Lastly, we are including some profiles of a few of the heroes from Las Vegas.
How to Help:
You can donate to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund. This is a verified GoFundMe page set up by the Clark County Commission. Funds will be used to assist victims and their families.
How Businesses Help:
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has done an amazing job of compiling a list of the dozens of ways businesses are helping. The list is up to 64 businesses now. Here are a few highlights, but check out the article:
AT&T: Customers of AT&T and other wireless providers can text the message VEGAS to 50555 to donate $10 (which is charged to your phone bill) to the University Medical Center Foundation, to support treatment of patients in need.
Bunkhouse Saloon, 124 S. 11th St.: Collecting blankets, water, snack bags and nonperishable foods for donations to blood banks, beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Charlie Palmer Steak, Four Seasons: Free Cut of the Week meal to first responders and affected families through Saturday.
Club Tattoo, Miracle Mile Shops: $50 Las Vegas tattoos, with all proceeds donated to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, Friday through Tuesday.
Evolution Yoga: Free yoga classes for the public Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 4:45 p.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 11:15 a.m.. All donations raised will go to the Las Vegas gofundme page.
Las Vegas Philharmonic: Oct. 14 performance at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, free admission to first responders, hospital employees, victims and families or anyone who seeks the refuge and solace of music.
Lyft: Two free rides, up to $40 each, to blood donation centers, hospitals and relief centers; go to lyft.com/invite/vegashope.
Tropicana: Free rooms for family members traveling to Las Vegas to assist affected loved ones; firstname.lastname@example.org.
UnitedHealthcare and Southwest Medical Associates: Free help line staffed by mental health specialists open 24/7, 866-342-6892. Resources also at liveandworkwell.com.
And many many more, especially restaurants offering free meals to first responders…
Profiles in Courage – Features on Heroes of Las Vegas:
Jimmy Grovom: “Jimmy Grovom is a trained paramedic. But he never thought he’d need to work during his Las Vegas vacation.” Read at Las Vegas ABC7.
Jonathan Smith: “As the bullets rained down, family was Smith’s top concern. He had driven to Las Vegas from Orange County, Calif., on Thursday to celebrate the 43rd birthday of his brother, Louis Rust, a big country music fan who had attended the festival in the past. They spent the weekend enjoying the music and had scored seats close to the stage for Jason Aldean’s prime-time performance Sunday night.” Read at Washington Post.
Taylor Winston: “A US Marine veteran who stole a pickup truck to rush victims of the Las Vegas shooting to hospital is set to receive a small reward for his bravery from a car dealership.” Read more at The Telegraph.
Casey Clarkson: “His blood kept bubbling, soaking his collar, his undershirt, his uniform.
‘You know what,’ he thought. ‘If I’m going to die, I’m going to help somebody.’
And he did.” Read more at Las Vegas Review-Journal.