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December 18, 2017

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GoFundMe drive raises $2.5 million; MGM offering free rooms for victims, families

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Mick Akers

American Red Cross workers are shown early Monday morning in a family waiting room at Metro Police headquarters after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday, Oct.1, 2017.

Updated Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 | 8:22 p.m.

Update: A GoFundMe account established by Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak has attracted more than 30,000 donations and $2.5 million as of 8 p.m. Additionally, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren says the company will be offering free rooms at its Bellagio property for victims.

"I've never been more proud to be part of the MGM, to be part of the Las Vegas community and to be part of Nevada," Murren said during a briefing at Metro Police headquarters.

Officials are asking residents interested in donating blood to wait until Tuesday afternoon because the response has provided plenty of supply. The American Red Cross is taking donations at 1771 E. Flamingo Road.

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Here’s how you can help those injured in Sunday’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival on the Las Vegas Strip:

Donate blood

Blood donations are no longer in need, due to the high volume of those donating. Officials urge those wanting to donate to make an appointment and are scheduling people days out. Make an appointment here.

According to the United Blood Services Facebook page, “Blood has a shelf life, so it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis. To effectively manage the blood supply for patients, we encourage donors to make appointments to give blood throughout the coming days and weeks.”

Blood can be donated here:

Henderson

United Blood Services: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

601 Whitney Ranch Dr. Bldg. D, Ste 20

Update: Long lines have formed at Whitney Ranch

Henderson, NV 89014

(702) 434-1838

Las Vegas

United Blood Services

6930 W. Charleston Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89117

(702) 228-4483

Las Vegas

United Blood Services

4950 W. Craig Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89130

(702) 645-3600

Locating loved ones

Contact Metro Police at 1-800-536-9488 to track down loved ones (Metro changed the number at 7 p.m.). There’s a family reunification center at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Additionally, Facebook has a safety check-in page, and crisis response where many families and friends are reaching out to help, from offering rides to those impacted, to food, to places to stay.

Airline to help

Allegiant, which is headquartered in Las Vegas, is offering to help families of victims. Those who need to fly to or from Las Vegas can contact the airline at [email protected]

Authorities seek photo, video

The FBI in Las Vegas is asking the public to turn in videos or photos of the shooting by calling 1-800-255-5324.

Supplies needed

Donations needed include blankets, food, and phone chargers, places to drop off donations include Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (the Red Cross and Salvation Army are not accepting in-kind donations at this time).

Update: There is no longer need at the arena.

How to donate funds

The Las Vegas Victims Fund on Go Fund Me, which was started by Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, had reached $2.5 million goal as of 8 p.m. The funds will be used to fund relief and help families in their time of need. Donate at: www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

Free counseling

Magellan Health Inc. has free, 24-hour crisis line for victims of the shooting at 1-800-327-7451.