October 2nd was like all the other Mondays that preceded: my alarm went off at 7:15. I snoozed the usual 3 times, and then an extra because, you know, Monday. I incentivized my eyes to stay open via my usual AM social media scrolling, starting with Instagram. Double tapped through the usual bloggers with their motivational Monday posts, passed a whole bunch of “~Happy to Live In A World Where There Are Octobers~” (V creative), and stopped when I saw the first of what would be many “Pray For Las Vegas” grams.
Que the “Oh God, what happened in Las Vegas?!” frantic Google search and what surfaced was – it was nauseating. It was horrific. It was sad and numbing and unbelievable all at the same time.
But it was just another Monday. The shooting in Las Vegas was the 273rd mass shooting (defined as a shooting of 4 or more people at one time) in the United States this year. October 2nd was the 275th day of the year. Let that sink in.
On days like Monday, on days like the one I managed to get on one of the last flights leaving Puerto Rico just prior to Hurricane Maria hitting, it’s normal to feel tired and overwhelmed and weighed down. If social media has done anything, it has reminded me that our world is saturated with empathetic, compassionate and massive-hearted people. But it’s also showed me that there’s room to be more than that- we’re in desperate need of people who trigger change, we need action.
If you’re ever overwhelmed by the happenings of the world, desire change or want to help but aren’t sure how, here’s a list of ways to start for some of the pressing issues in the news today:
Las Vegas Shooting:
- Text “VEGAS” to 50555 to donate $10 to the University Medical Center Foundation via AT&T. All funds raised will go towards treatment of patients in need at Nevada’s only Level 1 Trauma.
- Donate money to this verified GoFundMe page to help raise money for the victims and their families
- Sign this petition asking for stricter gun laws- On Monday it had just over 500 supporters, now it’s almost up to 200,000 signatures
Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief:
- Donate to UNICEF here to assist in providing Emergency Relief Kits to children and their families including water purification tablets, a water bucket with a lid, soap, toothpaste and detergent to assist protecting victims from disease deriving from infrastructure devastation and loss of safe water supply
- If you are able to volunteer your time, the Federal Management Agency directs aspiring volunteers to sign up here once Puerto Rico is stabilized
Hurricane Harvey Relief:
- If you’re in Texas, donate blood to the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center – they’re especially in need of O positive and O negative blood types
- Donate toiletries, inflatable mattresses, undergarments and cleaning tools to Austin Disaster Relief Network
You all are a constant source of inspiration for us – what other ways are you triggering change and furthering progress?