How to help: Donations pour in after mass shooting rocks Las Veg - KCTV5

How to help: Donations pour in after mass shooting rocks Las Vegas

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Officials in Las Vegas stressed the importance of giving and also encouraged people to visit area blood banks to assist those injured in the attack. (CNN) Officials in Las Vegas stressed the importance of giving and also encouraged people to visit area blood banks to assist those injured in the attack. (CNN)
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

As the city of Las Vegas works toward recovery, many around the world are searching for ways to help.

The city was rocked by a mass shooting on Sunday evening that took the lives of at least 59 people and injured more than 527.

Financial support has poured in, as donors set up a GoFundMe account and raised $3 million of the $3.5 million goal within 24 hours of the shooting.

Officials in Las Vegas stressed the importance of giving and also encouraged people to visit area blood banks to assist those injured in the attack.

Lines were long Monday as many made their way to the cities blood banks.

The American Red Cross says thousands of units of blood are being used to help victims of the shooting. To put that into perspective, they say a unit of blood would come close to filling a 16-ounce water bottle.

Officials say that if a person were to get shot in the chest, they would need 40-60 units of blood. The level of reported injuries does vary but if the more than 500 people hurt needed that much blood, it would total close to 30,000 units.

The Red Cross chapter in Las Vegas has sent 250 units to area hospitals and are on standby for more.

So many people donated blood on Monday and Tuesday that police say they already have enough for the foreseeable future.

Now, the focus is on helping victims pay for their hospital visits and to help families cover the funeral expenses of loved ones.

An online National Compassion Fund has been started. One-hundred-percent of the donated money will go to those affected by the attack.

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