By Jeanette Settembre, MarketWatch
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That has been the collective call to action in the wake of the mass shootings that occurred in less than 24 hours over the weekend in Texas and Ohio where at least 31 people were killed.
Twenty-two victims were killed, and more than two dozen people were injured on Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a crowded Walmart /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT +3.95% in El Paso, Texas on Saturday. Barely 13 hours later, in Dayton, Ohio, another nine people were murdered in a shooting in the downtown neighborhood. The guns used by both suspects were legally purchased, according to officials.
The massacre in Dayton was the 251st mass shooting of the year, according to nonprofit research group Gun Violence Archive.
Both communities are in need. Here’s how you can help:
Where to donate
The El Paso Community Foundation is accepting donations for victims and their families. EPCF said it will waive administrative and credit-card fees for all donations. For more information, visit payments.epcf.org/victims.
Townsquare Media of El Paso created a GoFundMe page to help victims of the mass shooting. For more information call: 915-544-9300.
The Dayton Foundation established the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund and is accepting contributions to help those impacted by the tragedy. Those who wish to donate can pay by VISA /zigman2/quotes/203660239/composite V +2.80% , MasterCard /zigman2/quotes/207581792/composite MA +4.49% or American Express /zigman2/quotes/203805826/composite AXP -0.97% . Contributions are fully tax deductible.
Hundreds of people gathered to donate blood at nonprofit blood donation centers operated by Vitalant in and outside of El Paso. Vitalant is currently at capacity for walk-in donations; however, those who want to donate can make an appointment at bloodhero.com or by calling 1-877-258-4825.
Donors can visit Vitalant Blood Services in El Paso at 424 S. Mesa Hills Drive; Rd; and Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest.
There will also be a blood drive held at Ysleta Independent School District Central Office Atrium in El Paso on Monday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. at 9600 Sims Drive in El Paso on the first floor . For more information, call 915-434-0000.
Local El Paso residents who wish to donate can get free transportation via ride share service /zigman2/quotes/208999293/composite LYFT -4.47% which is offering up to $15 each way to blood donation centers. Use the code ELPRELIFE19.
The American Red Cross is working with emergency officials to provide support to affected communities in El Paso and Dayton. To help, visit redcross.org or visit @RedCross on Twitter /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR -1.29% for more information.
The Dayton Police Department is asking for witnesses who saw the incident to call 937-333-COPS or 937-225-6217 to assist with this investigation.