In light of the horrible Las Vegas shooting, here are a few things you can do right now to help:
1. GIVE BLOOD
One of the most efficient way to help victims. The Red Cross, though not currently calling for money for this tragedy, they are asking for blood to collect and distribute for this circumstance in particular. Click here to find a local blood bank or drive to give yourself to.
A way to help in the long run. There are a few places to help directly and immediately on GoFundMe. Celebrities have started various fundraisers in which ALL FUNDS will go to the victims. For example, Youtube Star Casey Neistat that has raised $150k in 7 hours as of this writing and Steve Sisolak, who is the Clark County Commisioner Chair, has started one that has raised over $2.1 million as of this writing.
(Also do your research for any other organizations or sites taking action.)
Overused? Maybe. Any less important or powerful? Nope.
Finding answers to the question "Why" is nearly impossible to find in situations like this. That's why it's important to go to the God that is Our answer as humans beings. God IS comfort. God IS peace. And most of all, God IS love.
God works in mysterious ways and, unfortunately like this event, so do people. Evil may act, but so does God. And God is too good to let darkness have the final word. Scripture and history tell us time and time again that when we pray, God listens and then He acts in incredible movements of grace, often through His people.
So pray. For healing. For restoration. But actually pray. Don't just share a post on social media that says "Pray for Vegas" and consider that to be done. Put forth the effort. Give a couple of minutes of your time. You can use prayer sites to get more people praying for your request like this one. Or, if you have the strength, maybe look up the few victims whose names and faces have been released, so that they aren't just a story but real people you can lift up.
Pray for the families and friends. Pray for the city. And pray that God works His goodness through this horrific tragedy.
Here are some hopeful words from Jesus in the beginning of His Sermon on the Mount:
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God."
May we act in peace and love for those who need comfort now and always.