Monday, October 2, 2017

#PrepWithPurpose: Prayers For Las Vegas

Mass Shooting On The Strip in Las Vegas

A gunman identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, Nevada opened fire on a crowd at a country-music concert on October, 1st 2017.


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October 1, 2017:  Darkness and pure evil strikes Las Vegas. A day that will now be forever engraved in our memories as the worst massacre in modern day U.S. History.

October 2, 2017: The sun rises over the strip to reality, sadness and heartbreak. The sites of terror, blood and bodies and the sounds of rapid gunfire and screams are being played over and over on the news. But there is hope and promise. God showing his face in such a time of pain. Not only a community coming together…but people from all over the world offering support to the city of Las Vegas.

My husband and I have only been Las Vegas residents for 17 months but this city quickly captured our hearts and we are PROUD to call Vegas HOME. Because of the scope of our city, every single time there has been a mass shooting, terrorist attack, or act of evil … we have discussed how we were “surprised” that something “like that” has never happened in Vegas. That fear turned to reality yesterday.

Everyone will have a “What I was doing when the Las Vegas Massacre happened” story.
As for me and my husband...we are safe.

We are never in the Las Vegas Strip area but we were last night about an hour before the mass shooting took place. I was traveling back home from Chicago and my flight arrived around 8pm. We left the area about an hour later … just moments before the massacre took place, interstates were shut down and flights both in and out of Las Vegas were grounded.

My husband (who is in LED Video Production) ironically had a “bid” out on doing the LED Video for the Route 91 Festival. Had his company been granted the bid .. he and his crew (and likely myself) would have been there. Thankfully that was not the case and we are so very grateful .. but are so very heartbroken for the 22,000 people that were there. The dozens killed and hundreds injured.

I had just sat down to eat and the TV was on MUTE. I glanced up and saw the headline - Breaking News: Active Mass Shooting On Las Vegas Strip. I un-muted the TV and yelled upstairs to my husband who was laying in bed. I couldn’t believe the words coming out of my mouth…. Doug, there has been a mass shooting on the strip … at a festival .. and the shooter is STILL ACTIVE.

I thought I read it wrong. I turned on the volume and pressed rewind (the coverage had been going on for about 10min when I saw it) and quickly realized it was worse than my mind could even comprehend. Was it a terrorist attack? What in the world was happening?

As we all now know … it was not a terrorist attack … instead a lone Vegas local. A man with no criminal background. Someone that could have been checking out next to me at a grocery store, sitting next to me at a red light, dining at a table next to us at a local restaurant. A guy who lived a typical life .. no known motive (yet) … a WOLF dressed in SHEEP clothing.

24 hours later ... despite being glued to the TV ... the reality that this is REAL and in my backyard .. the city that I now live in and have fallen in love with ... has not sunk in.

I have no idea how I can help. Right now it seems that the outpouring of love is so strong that there isn’t much of a NEED for any type of support/assistance (however please see several links below of ways you can help and also if YOU need assistance finding a loved one, etc.)

I’m going to continue doing the only thing I know to do … and that is PRAY. So it goes without saying that #PrepWithiPurpose will be all things surrounding this horrible tragedy.

I will wake up each day grateful for LIFE. Grateful for my ABILTY to work and train and hug and kiss my husband and fur family. I will pray for the victims families, those injured, witnesses and everyone in our city that is mourning in any way. With every rep and step .. I will be sending up prayers and thanking God for LIFE during this very long healing process.

I ask you to please join me for this #PrepWithPurpose. May God do something amazing from this tragedy … we know HE has a plan for this city and every life impacted.


LINKS FOR SUPPORT/HELP/ASSISTANCE will be updating webpage with ALL this info and more.

**If you are a victim or have criminal info (and have not done so yet) ... please call 311 if you are in Nevada. If you are out of state call (702)-828-3211

** If looking for a family member - The OLD hotline number is working again - that number is 1-866-535-5654 (the temporary number was 1-800-536-9488) but the old number is the one you need to use! If you are in Las Vegas you can go to the family resource center in person at
*At 10/3/17 media briefing police say all but 3 victims have been identified*

At of the 1:30pm media briefing on 10/3/17 ... The Red Cross is FULL and unable to manage any other donations. Also all sub-stations can not manage any more donations. They do not want you to bring ANY donations to these places, to hospitals, police stations, etc.

They said there are TWO locations accepting sealed/non-perishable food items, water, etc. Those two locations are ...

1 - Catholic Charities - 1501 Las Vegas Blvd North

2 -  Three Square - 4190 N. Pecos Road

Local News is also reporting The Salvation Army NEEDS DONATIONS .. they are specifically asking people to bring ICE to the blood donation centers in the early AM or late PM (see below)

Our city officials have created a Go Fund Me Page.  THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO DONATE.
As we all know, scam artists an evil people like to use tragedy such as this one to take advantage of people.

If you don't want to do donate via GO FUND ME you can write a check and make it out to - Las Vegas Victims Fund and mail it to the county office, mayors office or sheriffs office. Donations to this fund will help victims and their families with a WIDE range of major expenses such as medical, travel, funeral, etc. They will be providing information about distribution SOON!

There are a few other REPUTABLE sources for giving monetary donations, but again, the official LV Victims Fund is suggested so that is the only one I am linking.
(Right now appointments are booked out for DAYS. They said the need will remain for MONTHS so consider waiting to donate at a later time.)

Here's a list of places you can go to donate:
  • Carson City
    • United Blood Services
    • 256 E. Winnie Lane
    • Carson City, NV 89706
    • 775 - 887 - 9111
  • 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 89310
    • 702 - 645 - 3600
  • Reno
    • United Blood Services
    • 1125 Terminal Way
    • Reno, NV 89502
    • 775 - 645 - 3600
  • Henderson
    • United Blood Services
    • 601 Whitney Ranch Dr. Bldg. D, Ste 20
    • Henderson, NV 89014
    • 702 - 434 - 1838
  • Sparks
    • United Blood Services
    • 4670 Sparks Blvd, Suite 100
    • Sparks, NV 89436
    • 775 - 354 - 2929
Mandalay Bay has crisis counselors available. You can call 702-836-6655 or 877-967-7711

Mandalay Bay needs you! They are  providing crisis counselors for any guest or hotel employee affected by Sunday night's massacre. Go to Circus Circus Ballroom D and ask for Tommy Gorbal.

 ** Several hotels are offering free lodging to shooting victims/families. See THIS LINK for a list of participating hotels.

** COX is providing FREE access to internet HOTSPOTS

** FREE Uber and Taxi rides for those impacted

Trauma counselors
The Mandalay Bay Resort is seeking certified trauma counselors in the Las Vegas area to assist in the aftermath of the shooting.
Trauma counselors
The Mandalay Bay Resort is seeking certified trauma counselors in the Las Vegas area to assist in the aftermath of the shooting.

ARE YOU NEW TO #PrepWithPurpose?! For backstory on what this is all about please read the original blog entry and/or Instagram Post.

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