Las Vegas mass shooting: How you can help victims, survivors

As news spread of the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night that left 58 victims dead and hundreds more injured, people across the globe banded together to do what they could to help.

The shooting at Route 91 Harvest festival is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, surpassing the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

In the hours after the massacre at the strip, a throng of people wrapped around the United Blood Services location in Las Vegas to donate blood in hopes of helping the survivors.

For those not in Nevada, there are still ways to help.

Below is a list of organizations accepting donations and resources available for survivors and the families of victims.

Blood donations
-OneBlood in Orlando plans to send blood and platelets to Las Vegas. Click here to find a donation center or Big Red Bus where donations can be made.
-United Blood Services is accepting donations at its clinics in Las Vegas and across the country. Click here for a map of locations.
-America's Blood Centers accepts blood donations at dozens of centers across the country, see a list of them here.

Monetary donations
- The National Compassion Fund Las Vegas will give 100 percent of donated funds to the victims of the mass shooting. Click here to donate.
- Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak established a GoFundMe page with a $2 million goal. So far, more than $980,000 has been collected. Click here to donate.
-The Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross accepts donations by phone at 702-369-3674, by mail at 1771 E. Flamingo Rd., #206B Las Vegas, NV 89119 and online.
- Zappos will match donations made on its CrowdRise page up to $1 million. Click here to donate.

Help available for those impacted
- A hotline has been established for anyone who has been unable to contact a loved one and fears they could have been affected by the tragedy. That number is 1-866-535-5654.
-The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where authorities say shooter Stephen Paddock was when he fired an onslaught of bullets on the crowd below, has established a hotline for victims, guests and loved ones involved in Sunday night's shooting. That number is 888-634-7111.
- Facebook has turned on its safety check feature for those in the Las Vegas area. Social media users in that region have made posts offering goods and services to those affected, click here to see more.
- The FBI is asking anyone with photos or videos of the mass shooting to call 1-800-255-5324.
- For those people in Orlando who were affected by the Pulse tragedy and are having difficulties processing the events in Las Vegas are encouraged to call the Orlando United Assistance Center at 407-500-HOPE.

Vigils in Central Florida
- The One Orlando Alliance is hosting Dr. Phillips Center’s Seneff Arts Plaza from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Sherri Absher, Board Member of One Orlando Alliance,  said there will be a moment of silence and a bell will be rung 59 times to honor each victim. Click here for more details.

Contact your local representatives
- Specific details on the gun or guns Paddock used in the shooting were not immediately available, although it is believed that 10 or more guns found in the hotel room were purchased legally and one might have been altered to function as an automatic weapon. The shooting has stirred up a debate on gun control and what kind of weapons should be available to the public, as it did in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse. To find out how to contact your local elected officials regarding gun laws across the country, click here.

This list will be updated as more resources become available.

This BBSNews article was syndicated from News | WPLG, and written by News | WPLG. Read the original article here.