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Post-tragedies: How Can You Help from Rochester?

It goes without saying that many of us are walking around under this hazy cloud of shock. The Las Vegas shooting continues to show us that the reality of tragedies happening in this world. It seems no one is immune it. Post-tragedies bring a strong desire of community and unity however. It is human nature.

If you’re looking for ways to help but have no idea how, here’s some ideas we’ve pulled together for you – local and beyond. We will continue to add to the list. Please send them my way:


Aleksandr Pakhay


A Candlelight Vigil for connection will be held at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester, Minnesota, Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm. An opportunity to stand in a circle around the labyrinth with candles, connecting with each other in humanity and peace – being a light to each other and to the world. There will be a moment of silence for those lost in tragedies across the world and in this country. All are welcome.

* In case of inclement weather, we will go inside.


Blood Donors Making Donation In Hospital
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In the aftermath of the deadly shooting that occurred in Las Vegas, we have received many calls and questions about donating blood. All blood donation centers around the U.S. welcome your support. If you are able to give, please generously donate. While the blood donated at the Mayo Clinic Rochester location cannot be transported to Nevada, it will allow Mayo Clinic to be more self-sufficient with blood supply, indirectly supporting those affected by this tragedy in Las Vegas. For every unit of blood donated, as many as three lives may be saved. We encourage everyone to give assistance in whatever way they can, to help those in need. – Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program Facebook page


Red Cross
Red Cross


There is a push for blood donations in Nevada through the Red Cross. A hotline has been set up for friends and family. Consider donating directly to the Red Cross, however in-kind donations are currently not being accepted.


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