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By Heather Hahn
Oct. 2, 2017 | UMNS

Leaders of Desert Spring United Methodist Church in Las Vegas still were waiting Oct. 2 to know if any congregation members were among the city’s injured or dead.

But, even as they held their breath, church leaders were holding out a helping hand.

“We are making ourselves a partner to the greater community’s response,” said the Rev. David Devereaux, the congregation’s senior pastor. “We can provide housing; we can provide food; we can provide water; we can provide baby supplies.”

After fleeing from what’s being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, many survivors were left stranded with no way of getting back to their locked-down hotel rooms. Even as the hotel lockdowns lifted, Desert Spring was gearing up to help people facing scrambled flights and much more long-term trauma.

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