How You Can Help After The Heartbreaking Texas School Shooting
Here’s how to help Uvalde, Texas after the unspeakable Robb Elementary tragedy.
There are no words, but we can always show support. ❤️
Our hearts are incredibly heavy after the Uvalde, TX school shooting. If you’re feeling called to show support during this tragic time, here’s how to help.
Give blood so there are always immediate supplies available.
Historically, there’s a dire need to build up blood supply in the event of a horrific disaster. Giving blood ensures hospitals have immediate access to supplies they need following any tragic event and is the number one way people can help save lives.
While many local blood drives are filling up quickly after the Robb Elementary School shooting, you can head to University Health or South Texas Blood & Tissue to find out ways you can still donate blood locally.
University Health is the largest transfuser of blood in the greater San Antonio area and is one of two Level I trauma centers in San Antonio.
BioLife Plasma Services
B Positive Plasma
Donate money to any of these reputable fundraisers.
If you have the means to help financially, you can contribute to any of these reputable fundraisers — every dollar counts. 100% of these funds will go directly to the victims and their families.
Victims First via Go Fund Me – they’re hoping to have The National Compassion Fund disperse the total funds directly to the families of Robb Elementary School (this is where our team donated)
Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country – Uvalde Strong Fund
GoFundMe Verified Fundraisers Hub
Additionally, Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home and Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary Uvalde (two local funeral homes) will NOT be charging families involved in the Robb Elementary school shooting. Reach out to either location to find out if they’re taking donations for the victim’s families.
Send letters of hope and support to first responders along with the staff and students of Robb Elementary School.
The world can feel like a scary place after such a horrific attack. By writing words of support, encouragement, and love to first responders, teachers, and/or staff and students of Robb Elementary, you can offer a glimmer of hope in a pool of tragic sadness.
Letters can be sent to the following addresses:
Robb Elementary School (Location of shooting)
715 Old Carrizo Rd.
Uvalde, TX 78801
Uvalde Police Department (First responders)
964 W Main St.
Uvalde, TX 78801
University Health (Where victims were taken)
4502 Medical Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229
Local lawyers can volunteer their time to help the victim’s families.
San Antonio Legal Services Association (SALSA) shared on Facebook that they’ll be recruiting locally licensed attorneys in the state of Texas to provide pro bono legal services for the victims and families involved in the Uvalde school shooting.
Attornies can send their availability and area of practice to UvaldeResponse@sa-lsa.org.
Be a light in this world… always.
It will take years for the Uvalde community to grapple with the aftermath of one of the deadliest school shootings in American history. Moving forward in the hours, days, weeks, and years to come, we ALL need to choose to be a light in this dark world and take time to let our loved ones know just how much we care.
Life is so short and time is so precious. Slow down and take full advantage of every opportunity to be a light and spread joy. Hug your loved ones extra tight, give a friend a compliment, smile at a stranger, and spread joy whenever and wherever you go.
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” – Henri Nouwen
Check in with your children and be available for open communication.
Talking to your kids who are aware of this horrible tragedy is one of the very best ways we can help during such a catastrophic time. It’s crucial for everyone’s mental health to know someone is always here to listen and be available to discuss feelings and the events that occurred.
ChildAdvocate.net offers great talking points and disaster help for children and parents.
GirlsInc.org shares tips for parents/guardians to support youth after a tragedy.
Here are other ways you can help your children during this difficult time:
Maintain a routine to feel a sense of normalcy.
Turn off the TV, social media, and news to limit their sense of fear or anxiousness.
Discuss your family emergency plan so your family is always prepared.
Watch for changes in your child’s mood, behavior, sleep, and eating. Seek immediate help if any become worrisome.
Get more disaster and trauma help and resources at Counseling.org.
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Our deepest sympathies go out to all of those who are affected by the unspeakable shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. To the 21 lives who were taken far too soon, may you forever rest in peace. 💔