In the hours after the deadly shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, people from across the globe were searching for a way to help the victims. Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak jumped into action and founded the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund. In just a few hours, donations reached over $1 million. Currently, over $8 million has been raised in just two days.
In a new interview with Billboard, Sisolak discussed where exactly those funds are being used.
“We’ve already started getting some requests for funds,” he said. “And try to get these people help as quickly as we possibly can in order of priority: medical and burial, and those expenses first, before we get to lost property, but we’re gonna try to help everybody that we can.”
Sisolak says that calls for help from victims came almost immediately after the fund was created.
“Individual citizens that were at the event have already begun calling asking for help,” he explained. “They either have an injury or lost things or need to get out of town, those sorts of things. We’re going to be handling those on a case-by-case basis.”
Currently, Sisolak’s fund has raised over $8.8 million, with more donations pouring in every hour.
“It started trending and going viral and over 48,000 donations at this point and over $3 million have been raised as a result of this. So this is going to help an awful lot of medical expenses, funeral expenses and transport expenses for these people,” he says. “We are blessed to have such a giving community and a giving country that has stepped up.”