A 1 October survivor has partnered with the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center to coordinate a project to send letters of support to communities most recently affected by tragedy
In the wake of three mass shootings, a 1 October survivor has partnered with the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center (VSRC) to spearhead a letter-writing project for people impacted by the recent tragedies in Dayton, El Paso, Texas and Gilroy.
“Our local community has dealt with grief, much like many in California, Ohio and Texas,” said Tennille Pereira, director of the VSRC. “We are compelled to share the strength and resiliency with those impacted by the senseless tragedies and appreciate Karessa for volunteering her time to coordinate the letter-writing initiative. These handwritten letters of support and sympathy will bring comfort, hope and healing.”
“One thing that helped me cope after 1 October were the heartfelt letters I received from around the country,” said 23-year-old Karessa Royce, a recent UNLV graduate and 1 October survivor.
The VSRC is collecting letters to send to all three communities. It is providing a quiet room with supplies, including cards, to community members.
The VSRC is collaborating with counties in each respective city to connect with the appropriate local resources with whom should receive the correspondence.
Letters can be dropped off or mailed to the Resiliency Center through Sept. 9. The office, located at 1524 Pinto Lane, 89106, in Las Vegas, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,* Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
*Please do not include your personal information on the messages (including cell phone, social media or other contact information)*
Do you have questions? Please call us at 702-455-2433, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Note: The Resiliency Center hours have been extended, opening early at 8:30 a.m. (as opposed to 10 a.m.), closing at 5 p.m., until further notice.