Sutherland Springs church shooting: Here’s how to help the victims

1:36 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 Local
Jacob Kubena, from left, and his brother Zachary, Doug John and his son Shelby John set up a memorial of 26 metal crosses near First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Monday. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Here’s a list of ways you can help the victims and families affected by the Sutherland Springs church shooting:

Donate Blood

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has provided more than 200 units of blood to hospitals in South Texas treating Sunday’s shooting victims in Sutherland Springs. They now have a low supply, according to the center.

STBTC is asking for anyone with O-positive or O-negative blood to donate. In addition, they are asking community members to donate platelets, which are the blood components that help promote clotting.

To schedule a blood donation, visit southtexasblood.org or call 210-731-5590. People can also donate blood at any of the seven STBTC donor rooms or at mobile blood drives happening in South Texas. More information is also available at the Connect For Life Facebook page.

STBTC expects the need for blood donations to remain high, especially in the coming months.

Donate to First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs

Visit the church’s website at ssfb.org to donate directly to the church, which was the site of the mass shooting that killed 26 people. Pastor Frank Pomeroy lost his 14-year-old daughter Annabelle Pomeroy in the tragedy.

The Hill Country Bible Church is also accepting donations for Sutherland Springs on their website, hcbc.com/give/. As these donations are gathered, the church will send them to the Austin Baptist Association with whom the Sutherland Springs church is associated. “Our hearts and prayers go out to this tiny community,” said Robin Youngling, Hill Country Bible Church project manager.

Attend a prayer vigil in Austin and donate to victims’ medical, funeral costs

The First Baptist Church of Austin (901 Trinity St.) will host a vigil at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. “We will collect an offering to help First Baptist Sutherland Springs with medical and funeral costs,” the church wrote on its Facebook page. “We will find ways to use our voice as a community to end this senseless violence that we experience all too often.” All are welcome to attend.

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Attend a prayer gathering near Sutherland Springs

A group of pastors are organizing a community-wide prayer gathering at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Floresville High School football stadium.

The entire community affected by the mass shooting has been invited to attend as well as local and state leaders. Pastors hope it’ll be a time of healing and unity.

Donate to a GoFundMe for affected families

GoFundMe has created a central page listing GoFundMe campaigns benefitting people impacted by the Texas Church Shooting here. So far, 17 GoFundMe campaigns are listed on the page.

The Holcombe family’s GoFundMe

Eight members of the Holcombe family were killed during services at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday. Family friend Cristopher Foster set up a fundraising page at GoFundMe.com (https://www.gofundme.com/texasshootingfamily) for Sarah Slavin Holcombe, who lost her mother Karla, her father Bryan, sister-in-law Crystal, who was pregnant, and five nieces and nephews, according to the page.

“It’s going to take a lot of funds to cover eight funerals, lost wages, perhaps child/adult counseling, and who knows what else,” Foster said in a Facebook message. “No matter what number the (GoFundMe page) reaches, it will never be enough. But everything helps.”

H-E-B cash register donations

H-E-B is collecting cash register donations for victims and their families at all of its Texas locations, H-E-B announced Monday. Customers can donate in $1, $3, $5, $50, or $100 increments.

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Fundraiser at the Aumont Saloon

The Aumont Saloon, located at 301 N. Austin St. in Seguin, will be hosting a fundraiser for the family of employee Tara McNulty, who was killed in the shooting, leaving behind two children, according to family friends. The fundraiser will happen from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aumont Saloon manager Kevin Koenen said. The saloon will host a silent auction and live music throughout the day.

GoFundMe for the Ward family

John Alexander created a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/sutherland-springs-mom-children) for his family after his niece, Joann Ward, was killed Sunday along with two of her daughters, 5-year-old Brooke and 7-year-old Emily. Ward’s son, 5-year-old Ryland Ward, suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

“I can imagine the costs burden on her surviving husband and family,” Alexander said on his GoFundMe page. “Any contribution you can make will go directly to help with funeral costs, medical costs and other losses due to this horrific tragedy.”

Sutherland Springs Royal Court

Sutherland Springs Royal Court has set up a tent to accept donations for the family members of the victims of Sunday’s shooting at the intersection of Fourth and 13th streets, near the Community Center, not far from First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

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