Whenever tragedy strikes as it did this week in Las Vegas, I find myself struggling to know where to begin or what to do. I feel helpless, like so many others, worrying about those directly and indirectly affected. I feel sorrow for those lost, those left behind, and the people I love who live in a world where we have to worry so much about things that should never happen. It's overwhelming to carry so many emotions and feel so powerless to change anything.
Sadly, nothing can undo this week's loss of so many undeserving people. Nobody can change the outcome and save them, as much as we would all love to do. All we can do, moving forward, is what we strive to do every day, which is overpower the bad with the good.
When so many people are seriously injured, the impact on first responders is great. They rush to the call of duty, suspend all fear and emotions, and help. While others run away, police and ambulance crews run toward the gunfire to save people and secure the scene. They transport people in critical condition to a hospital, where nurses and doctors face the harrowing task of trying to save people with limited space, resources, and assistance, often running on little to no sleep and no time to pause or take a break.
At the end of the day, after working such an unexpected and difficult job, there may not be time or people present to say thank you.
That is where we have decided to come in.
With all of the painful, difficult, frightened feelings that most people have after such a tragedy, it is hard to imagine what it would feel like to be there and face that in person. Yet these people do that, every day of their lives. And not only with mass casualties, but on a regular basis. These are the people who have to comfort the sick and dying, speak to the family members, find the courage to keep going, and turn around and do it all again the next day. They are heroes.
We are currently accepting donations to create thank you packages for first responders. However small a gesture this may seem, it is a tangible way to contribute and thank the people who never give up when times are tough. We are the voice of those who cannot express their gratitude, and the means for all those who still can.
If you are able, please send a donation through PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org and remember that this is a gift and should be marked as such.
We will be hand delivering these packages, thanks to the generous assistance of friends who have helped make this and many other projects possible. Our goal is to reach as many of the first responders involved in the Las Vegas shooting tragedy as possible. However large or small your contribution may be, it will assist us in touching their lives and reminding them that we notice what they do, and we support them.
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