Ways to help Sutherland Springs shooting victims


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

Attend a vigil

• The First Baptist Church of Austin (901 Trinity St.) will host a vigil at 6:30 p.m. 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.

• 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 will be a time of healing and unity.

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. It’s supplies now are running low, officials said.

The blood bank 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 South Texas Blood & Tissue donor rooms or at mobile blood drives happening in South Texas. More information is also available at the Connect For Life Facebook page. The center expects the need for blood donations to remain high, especially in the coming months.

Donate Money

• 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.

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

• Desiree Rocco has started a GoFundMe for the family of her stepfather Richard Rodriguez and his wife Therese Rodriguez, both of whom were killed at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday.

• 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.

• 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.

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.

• 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.

• 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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