Here’s how to help those affected by the Uvalde school shooting 

Nineteen children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. It is the deadliest school shooting in the state’s history, and the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Authorities and hospital officials have said that others were injured, but that number has not yet been confirmed. The 18-year-old shooter, who is believed to have acted alone, was reportedly killed. 

With victims still in the hospital, families still waiting to identify loved ones, and legal and funeral costs mounting, there has been an outpouring of support for the families—and a call to action for government officials online. 

Whether you’re located in Uvalde or elsewhere, there are ways you can help.

Donate Blood

If you are currently on the ground in Uvalde or in nearby Texas, the community is calling for blood donations. University Health, San Antonio is requesting additional supplies in order to ensure that victims have the right materials for their care. 

“Your donation can help ensure we have supplies immediately available for the victims of this tragic shooting,” they said

Blood donations will be crucial in the recovery on victims in the days and weeks ahead. You can sign up with University Health here. Alternatively, you can donate blood through South Texas Blood & Tissuehere. South Texas Blood & Tissue will also be hosting an emergency blood drive on Wednesday, May 25 at Herby Ham Activity Center from 9 am to 2 pm. Walk-ins are welcome.

Donate to Verified Fundraisers

GoFundMe has established an online hub of verified fundraisers supporting victims and loved ones affected by the shooting, which you can find here.

Those include a fundraiser organized by VictimsFirst (a network of survivors and relatives affected by previous mass shootings) to provide victims’ family members with no-strings-attached cash payments.

The group said it started the fund “to make sure that 100% of what is collected goes DIRECTLY to the victim base so the victims’ families and those wounded/injured are protected from fraud and exploitation.”

As of Wednesday morning, all three verified fundraisers — the VictimsFirst fund, a campaign raising money for funeral expenses for the family of Xavier Lopez and a fundraiser by Austin-based Los Verdes Supporter Group — had exceeded their financial goals.

Two funeral homes in the area, Rushing-Estes Mortuary Uvalde and Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home, said in social media posts that they would offer their services to families for free.

Mental health support

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Tex.) called for mental health experts to contact his office by phone to coordinate support for those impacted by the tragedy.

Resources for teachers, parents and guardians

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Learning for Justice project issued a letter for educators who are grappling with the news and their own emotions. “I know you’re scared. I know you are watching your phone for news, thinking, This could be my school,” the “Dear Teacher” letter reads. The group also shared a sign-up link to a webinar it says will provide watchers with an “understanding of trauma and how it affects both learning and relationships at school.”

The nonprofit organization Girls Inc. has also shared information for parents and guardians on how to help reassure young people following mass shootings and other tragedies.

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