How to help: San Bernardino Shooting

Story highlights

  • Blood Donations are needed to help surviving victims
  • GoFundMe accounts have been established to help victims
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline is helping people cope

(CNN)The mass shooting during a holiday party at Inland Regional Center on December 2 in San Bernardino, California, is the deadliest since the 2012 incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Here are some ways you can help and support victims and the San Bernardino community:

Donate blood

    The nonprofit LifeStream blood bank is urging residents in the area to give blood to help shooting victims who are being treated at local hospitals. In the Inland Empire, donations can be made at LifeStream centers in Riverside, Ontario, Victorville and La Quinta, and at LifeStream mobile drives.
    Donors can also give blood at Hoag Hospital, Long Beach Memorial, Saddleback Memorial, and at the American Red Cross in Woodland Hills, the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles, and the San Diego Blood Bank.

    Supporting victims and families

    The Arrowhead United Way has set up the San Bernardino United Relief Fund. Donations address the needs of those affected by the mass shooting. Donations can be made online or by texting 'SBUNITED' to 71777.
    Crowdfunding pages have been set up to support some of the victims and their families.
    Additionally, GoFundme has waived all fees on the crowdfunding account set up by San Bernardino's mayor, Carey Davis which is set to support all victims and their families.
    A group of American Muslims have joined together to raise money through "Muslims United for San Bernardino" on the crowdfunding site LaunchGood. Those funds will be dispersed through the San Bernardino United Relief Fund.

    Coping with the tragedy

    Several organizations have banded together to support the emotional needs of victims and their families.
    New Creation Behavioral Healthcare Foundation (NCBHF) is heading up crisis counseling for those involved or affected by the tragedy at the Inland Regional Center. The organization is working directly with the Inland Empire Red Cross and the National Disaster Distress Helpline to assist in recovery.
    NCBHF is currently seeking additional volunteer licensed counselors to assist with the efforts. If you or someone you know is a Licensed counselor and would like to volunteer, please contact Ken Vela at 909-241-8594.

    Prayer vigils and remembrance

    California Gov. Jerry Brown sent his prayers to the victims and their families. Capitol flags were lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims and their families.
    Candlelight and prayer vigil were held at San Manuel Stadium and Baitul Hameed Mosque in San Bernardino. In a press release, Ahmadiyya Muslim leaders called for peace and condemned the attacks.
    As more ways to help victims and their families become available, we will update this article.