In Wake of Deadly Shootings, Nonprofits Aid Local Communities
The Dayton Foundation has created a fund to assist those impacted
Two deadly mass shootings in different states over the weekend created much debate, mourning, and discussion—and, on a local level, ways for nonprofits to step up and help however possible.
In El Paso, Texas, where a 21-year-old man attacked a Walmart on Saturday in a suspected domestic terrorism incident that killed nearly two dozen people, one organization is assisting in a big way: Vitalant, a nonprofit network of community blood service providers, has accepted hundreds of donations from local residents.
While the organization has reached capacity for walk-ins in Texas, it is still accepting appointments, while regional arms are also assisting with efforts. The organization is also working with Lyft, which will offer free trips to Vitalant facilities in the El Paso area to anyone donating blood.
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