After Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which 59 people were killed and more than 500 wounded, working families and their allies are responding to help those in need.
The Nevada AFL-CIO is encouraging donations be made through a GoFundMe page set up by Steve Sisolak, chair of the Clark County Commission. Proceeds will aid victims and their families.
“Last night in Las Vegas was devastating. The Nevada labor movement offers our condolences to the shooting victims and their families,” Rusty McAllister, executive secretary-treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO, said in a statement Monday.
“We thank the first responders, law enforcement officers, and medical professionals who worked all through the night to save lives. Working people will continue to come together to do all that we can to provide resources to the victims and help our community through this awful ordeal.”
“Our hearts and prayers are with everyone who was impacted by the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas,” said Liz Sorenson, president of the Nevada State AFL-CIO. “In the face of unimaginable violence, working people are coming together to support one another. Nevada is our home and union members will step up to do whatever is needed to help the survivors and their families.”
Local unions are working with other groups in the community to offer assistance with coordinating donations and support for the victims of the shooting. Several unions also have set up blood donation sites at their facilities.
“All of our affiliated unions are reaching out to their members to check on their safety and to assist in any way possible,” the labor federation said. “The Culinary Union Local 226 has over 4,000 members at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and they are phone banking them to check on their well-being and needs.
“As more information becomes available, we will continue to send it out. We will inform working families of locations of upcoming blood drives and donation opportunities to assist those in need.”
This article is adapted from a report on the national AFL-CIO website.