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How to help the victims, first responders of the Midland-Odessa shooting

Here are a few ways to help the community or receive help yourself in the wake of Saturday's shooting.
Credit: AP
A man prays outside of the Medical Center Hospital Emergency room in Odessa, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, following a shooting at random in the area of Odessa and Midland. Several people were dead after a gunman who hijacked a postal service vehicle in West Texas shot more than 20 people, authorities said Saturday. The gunman was killed and a few law enforcement officers were among the injured. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP)

Those looking to help those in Midland and Odessa in the wake of Saturday's shooting can offer support in a number of ways.

Blood donations

  • Vitalant West Texas has shipped out 54 units of O positive blood to help with the shooting, but blood is still needed for both the shooting and the impact of Hurricane Dorian. Platelets are particularly needed.
  • Medical Center Hospital is reporting blood supply for them is okay as of Saturday night.
  • The Midland Vitalant Center will be open on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those wishing to donate (4706 N. Midkiff Road, No. 20, Midland, Texas, 79705).

Funeral services

  • Perches Funeral Home will be offering free funeral services for the victims of shootings. For details, call 432-272-030.
  • American Heritage Funeral Homes will also be offering free funerals. For more information, contact 432-563-9767.

Food

  • The City of Odessa is thanking the public for the food donations. At this time however, they have reached reached capacity for perishable items.
  • If you would like to continue to help the victims and first responders, you are asked to donate non-perishable items (such as canned goods) instead.

Counseling services

  • Healing Through Hope is offering services for those in need of support. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday for those who need to talk.

This article will be updated as we get more information. If you know of a way to help the victims email us at news@newswest9.com.

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