Early Sunday morning a terrible act of terror occurred in Orlando at a popular gay nightclub, Pulse. Forty-nine innocent people were killed fifty-three injured when a terrorist walked into the club and open fired. I cannot imagine the terror these individuals experienced. This tragedy not only rocked the LGBTQ community, but it rocked the entire world. This was an act of terror and hate. We all mourn for the tragic losses.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible act. Everyone will cope with this tragic event in different ways and my way is to look at the way people rallied together during this tragedy.
A desperate plea for blood donations came yesterday in the wake of the tragedy due to the need of all the injured. I myself am a blood donor and if I could have donated yesterday, I would have. I recently donated and still have a few weeks left before I can again. Blood donation centers were inundated with people wanting to donate and help. Lines wrapped around blocks, some places even had to cut people off due to the overwhelming response. Others who couldn’t donate sent water and snacks directly to these centers to help support the people who could.
JetBlue today announced that they would fly immediate family members of the victims to and from Orlando, at no charge.
Millions of dollars have been raised on various funding sites.
Vigils for the victims were held all over the country.
The Empire State Building remained dark to pay respect to the victims.
There has always been hate and evil in this world and there always will be, but in the wake of tragedy is when truly see the goodness in people. Communities coming together to help the victims and their families. You may not be close, but if you can still help, check out this article on USA Today to see how.
I wish we could eradicate evil. I wish we could all live in peace despite our differences and differences in beliefs. I am saddened that the reality is a peaceful, loving world will never exist. I will instead cling to the goodness that always seems to shine through in the wake of these horrific attacks.