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Here's how Austinites can help Uvalde families after mass shooting

We Are Blood in Central Texas is hosting a blood drive at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday.

AUSTIN, Texas — Nineteen children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde on Tuesday. Here is how you can help those impacted:

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center in Uvalde said it is in critical need of blood donations. To help them, We Are Blood in Central Texas said it will hold a blood drive at the Texas State Capitol with AT&T from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. The drive will be walk-in only, located near the west entrance.

We Are Blood Spokesperson Nick Canedo said Tuesday that the blood center in that area had not yet requested help from them yet, but that it was a very fluid situation and they would be ready if the call comes. 

Canedo said when there was a mass shooting on Sixth Street in 2021 where one person died and 14 others were injured, they were there for us. 

"We actually received support from South Texas Blood and Tissue," said Canedo. "So that's the benefit of a strong and stable community. Blood supply means protecting our patients here at home while being able to send aid to other communities."

One donation can save multiple lives and it takes only 45 minutes. If you don't want to wait, appointments are available at WeAreBlood.org

Soon GoFundMe accounts will be formed to help families affected by this tragedy. GoFundMe said, "our Trust & Safety team will be monitoring the GoFundMe platform around the clock for any fundraisers related to this event." 

GoFundMe will update its centralized hub with verified fundraisers.

If you are in the Uvalde area, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is hosting an emergency blood drive Wednesday at Herby Ham Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule your appointment here.

On Wednesday, former Austin City Council Member and U.S. House District 35 candidate Greg Casar announced that he was joining Bexar County fundraising efforts. The San Antonio Area Foundation has established two funds to help families directly impacted and to provide long-term assistance to the Uvalde community. Donations can be made here.

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