How You Can Help Victims of the Orlando Shooting

This weekend Orlando suffered the deadliest mass shooting in American history when a man opened fire on a gay night club called Pulse. So far, at least 50 people have died and about 53 more are injured.

Right now, the best way to help victims if you’re in the Orlando area seems to be blood donation over the course of the next few days. Currently, blood donation centers are overwhelmed with people, according to the Orlando Sentinel, but in the coming days, more blood will be needed.

The organization One Blood is coordinating efforts, but their website has been going down all day. People are tweeting locations where blood is now being accepted. Click here for a list.

If you’re not in the Orlando area or are unable to donate blood, Pulse Night Club has tweeted that juice, water, and snacks are needed for blood donors. These supplies can be mailed to 379 W Michigan St., Orlando, FL, 32806.

Also, the GLBT Center of Orlando has created a GoFundMe page in cooperation with several other nonprofit groups to help the victims and their families. You can click here to donate.

Vigils will likely pop up in cities across the U.S. over the next few days. For New Yorkers, a vigil is being held at 6 p.m. tonight outside the historic Stonewall Inn.

Last but not least, you can use this website to contact your congressman and demand changes to the laws that allow mass shooting like these to continually happen in the U.S.

Photo via AP

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