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1 October survivor, Resiliency Center collecting letters for people of Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy

Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 20:23:39-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — In the wake of three mass shootings, a 1 October survivor has partnered with the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center to spearhead a letter-writing project for people impacted by the recent tragedies in Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy.

“Our local community has dealt with grief, much like many in California, Ohio and Texas,” said Tennille Pereira, director of the VSRC.

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“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.

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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.

Anyone interested should address letters to survivors, victims’ family members, first responders and medical professionals.

Messages containing profanity or political content will not be accepted. Learn more about the program, including writing tips, at VegasStrongRC.org.