As the US mourns the victims of another mass shooting, many people are left feeling hopeless and helpless. So far in 2022, there have been more mass shootings than days in the year. In Uvalde, Texas, a gunman killed at least 19 elementary school children and two adults at Robb Elementary School.
It comes less than two weeks after a shooter at Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, New York, left 10 people dead. That same weekend, a mass shooting at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Orange County, California left one person dead and five others injured.
While it may feel like there is nothing you can do, here are a few ways to help:
The first line of support in many cases of mass shootings is to financially help the victims’ families, those injured and the communities where the tragedy took place.
To support families of the Uvalde tragedy, GoFundMe has verified fundraisers for those affected and the First State Bank of Uvalde has started a memorial fund:
Robb School Memorial Fund - First State Bank of Uvalde
Robb Elementary School Shooting - GoFundMe
In addition, The National Compassion Fund, the San Antonio Area Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country have partnered for Uvalde Strong Funds:
Uvalde Strong Survivors Fund - funds will go directly to victims’ families and survivors
Uvalde Strong Fund - emergency relief funds for the Uvalde community
A “United with Uvalde” fund has also been started by the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.
To support families of the Buffalo tragedy, GoFundMe has a verified Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund established by the National Compassion Fund:
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County has also established The Buffalo Together Community Response Fund to help the neighborhood where the shooting took place:
To support the family of Dr. John Cheng, who was killed in California’s Orange County shooting, GoFundMe has verified Support for Dr. Cheng’s Family.
GoFundMe also verified the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church Victims Fund to support those wounded in that shooting.
Besides financial support, blood donation is another way to provide help. Look for local blood donation centers or drives, which can help hospitals prepare for emergencies demanding large amounts of blood. In Texas, people can donate blood to South Texas Blood and Tissue.
In Buffalo, the ConnectLife blood and organ donor network is looking for donors year-round.
Simply being informed and educated about mass shootings’ contributing factors can empower you to help. There are many non-profits working to avert the next Uvalde, Buffalo, Parkland or Sandy Hook shooting. Identify the issues that resonate most with you and find ways to support those causes.
There are many ways for you to make your voice heard.