In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, FL, killing 49 and injuring 53. When violence like this happens, many people sit in front of their TVs or computers, asking themselves, “What can I do to help?”
The Huffington Post has several suggestions on how to help Orlando shooting victims and their families. They include:
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- Donating Money. Equality Florida, Planting Peace, CrowdRise, and OneOrlando are just some of the organizations accepted contributions to directly aid the victims.
- Donating Blood. Orlando has received a massive amount of blood donations from residents, but blood is always needed. Weymouth has the closest Red Cross donation center, located at 208 Main St., and there are drives happening daily in the South Shore and Boston.
- Resisting Islamophobia and Homophobia. The Anti-Defamation League clears up myths regarding Muslim people. GLAAD has information and resources about LGBTQIA acceptance.
- Talking About It. The GLBT National Help Center can help if you need to talk about the tragedy.
This reading list for children and their caregivers has books about dealing with death and trauma. This adult reading list offers suggestions for understanding gun culture, bigotry, and coping with traumatic events.