One Family At A Time

Dear Friends of Route91Strong,

Because of the generous donations by so many, we have been able to help 100’s of families who survived the Oct. 1 2017 mass shooting and we plan on helping 1000’s. It’s a huge task, but we care about saving “One Family At A Time” from the many challenges they face & makes a difference for that family.

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A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”

The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.

— Adapted from 'The Star Thrower' by Loren C. Eiseley

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Our team at Route91Strong talks to hopeless survivors weekly and we do all we can to offer hope and help them overcome the many hurdles and challenges they go through. Lisa spent over 30 minutes last week on the phone with a survivor who was ready to end his life and he just happened to reach out to us via email in a desperate last effort for help. He was crying so hard that he couldn’t breathe and by the end of the call, we had a plan for him and he had numbers to call for support outside of what we are doing for him. She cried with him and shared how she completely understands what he is going through and that the 100’s of survivors we talk to they too are also struggling with similar emotions, triggers, nightmares, sleeplessness, anxiety, rapid heart rate, physical symptoms, brain fog, memory issues, fears, and hopelessness. He thought he was ok for over a year ½ and then one day he said he completely fell apart and felt broken, alone and thought he had nothing left to live for. This is what we are facing and it’s why we absolutely must take a stand and collaborate in helping support these lives that have been torn apart.