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How to Help Orlando Victims

June 16, 2016

Chillag, Amy “How to Help Orlando Victims” http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/12/us/how-to-help-victims-after-worst-mass-shooting-in-u-s-history posted on June 16,2016 retrieved on June 16, 2016

(CNN)Hundreds of people have answered the call, waiting in line to give blood to help the victims in the Orlando, Florida, terror attack, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

So many that OneBlood, the local blood bank, met its needs for Sunday, according to Pat Michaels, a spokesman who spoke to CNN affiliate WFTV.
But the organization will need blood in the coming days, especially for the rarer types — O negative, O positive and AB plasma, says Michaels.
You can help the victims with monetary donations, as well. Equality Florida, a nonprofit LGBT civil rights organization, has set up a GoFundMe account for the victims and their families. Equality Florida spokesperson Ida Eskamani says all of the money donated will go to the families.
The initial goal was $500,000 which was met in just hours. Now the goal is $6 million and may increase.
“We’ve gotten responses from folks all over the world,” says Eskamani.
The global nonprofit organization Planting Peace has set up a site for donations on CrowdRise.
The money donated will help cover the funeral and medical costs of the victims. The goal is $100,000.
The National Compassion Fund, overseen by the National Center for Victims of Crime, will equally distribute funds amongst victims and their families for short term and long term needs.
Mosques heeded a call by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to raise money for victims’ families and did so through LaunchGood, a Muslim-led crowdfunding site.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the creation of the OneOrlando Fund in response to the Pulse tragedy. This fund will focus on strengthening the Orlando community and, through the foundations supporting this effort, will help victims of the shooting and their families.
Impact Your World will continue to look for ways you can help.
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