The Thousand Oaks Mass Shootings – How Families Can Help
Another senseless mass shooting has taken the lives of young people in Thousand Oaks and many of us are wondering how we can help the families of victims and the survivors. Here are a few ways you can help the victims of the Borderline Shooting:
Los Robles Hospital is in need of blood and had set up a blood drive at La Reina High School earlier today, but the blood drive is full. They are still in desperate need of Type O Blood and will set up a blood drive on Friday, November 9th, according to the city of Thousand Oaks. Visit the City of Thousand Oaks Borderline Shooting site for more information.
Families can also donate blood by through their local Red Cross. Visit an American Red Cross Blood Donation Center at the following locations or visit RedCross.org. Make an appointment by calling 1-800-RedCross.
Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center
6338 Variel Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Pomona Blood Donation Center
100 Red Cross Cir, Pomona, CA 91768
Pasadena Blood Donation Center
133 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107
Attend a Vigil
The Thousand Oaks community will gather at a vigil tonight at 6 PM at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, 91362., according to the City of Thousand Oaks website.
Cal State Lutheran University will host a Catholic Rosary and a campus gathering at 6 PM and 7:30 PM. “All are welcome to attend. We will pray, begin to comfort one another in our grief, and hold the families, friends and loved ones of the victims in our hearts. Cal Lutheran wraps its arms around the Meek family and other families, and around every member of this community of caring.” Justin Meek, 23, was a recent graduate of Cal Lutheran University and died trying to save others at the bar, according to the LA Times.
The Ventura County Community Foundation has set up a Victim Relief and Recovery Fund in coordination with the City of Thousand Oaks, California Community Foundation, Conrad Hilton Foundation, Amgen Foundation and others.
And the Borderline Bar & Grill has set up a Go Fund Me page for victims, according to its Facebook page.
Some Pepperdine students were at the Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday night and one of the victims, Alaina Housley, attended Seaver College at Pepperdine.
Pepperdine students in need of help may contact the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Counseling Center provides free, confidential emotional/psychological support to all Pepperdine students, according to the Pepperdine website.
If you know of other ways families can help, please let us know in the comments.