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What You Can Do to Help In Wake of the Orlando Shooting

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What You Can Do to Help In Wake of the Orlando Shooting

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Early this morning in Orlando, 50 people were shot dead and 53 more wounded at a nightclub in Orlando. Whether you’re local or not, here’s how you can help, or at least find a vigil to attend, like-minded people to be with, or seek a little peace.
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Check on Loved Ones, or Let Others Know You’re Safe

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If you know someone in the Orlando area and you’re worried about them, the Orlando Police have set up a hotline at 407-246-4357 you can call to check on loved ones or first-responders you think may have been at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
If you were there, and want to make sure everyone knows you’re okay,Facebook’s Safety Check tool has been enabled for Orlando, and you can (and should) mark yourself as safe so friends and family know. You can also see other people who have checked in as well.

Donate, or Donate Blood

First and foremost, if you’re in the Orlando area, you can give blood. If you’re not, you still can—or you can give money (more on that later.)
As of this writing, local blood banks are overwhelmed with people looking to donate and help, so you don’t need to head out right now. However, they are encouraging you to make an appointment and come back later. Here’s a great list of places you can donate, from the Guardian US:
Similarly, this list from Bungalower has a regularly updated rundown places accepting monetary donations, but blood donations as well:
OneBlood is saying they have met their needs for today. There is an urgent need for O Negative, O Positive and AB Plasma blood donors. One Blood is asking those that are not or do not know your blood type to please wait until tomorrow or later in the week and that you make an appointment by calling 1.888.9.DONATE (1.888.936.6283). Please note FDA regulations are still in place for blood donations according to OneBlood.
Confirmed blood donation locations today are:
  • Orlando West Michigan Donor Center, 345 W Michigan Street, Ste. 106, Orlando, FL 32806
  • Orlando Main Donor Center, 8669 Commodity Circle, Orlando, FL 32819
  • Oviedo Donor Center, 1954 W. State Road 426, Oviedo, FL 32765
Mobile Locations (please note some of these locations are running low on blood donation supplies):
  • Asbury United Methodist Church – Bloodmobile 220, West Horatio Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
  • St. Luke’s United Methodist Church – Bloodmobile, 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32819
  • Metro Church Bloodmobile, 1491 East State Road 434, Winter Springs, FL 32708
  • Out of supplies – First Unitarian Church – 1901 East Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32803 (until 1 PM)
  • Weingarten Realty – 2566 E Colonial Drive (12 pm-6 pm)
  • St. Richard’s Episcopal Church – 5151 Lake Howell Rd, Winter Park (until 1 PM)
  • AMC 18 Altamonte Mall -451 Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springes (until 9 PM)
  • Colonial Plaza Marketcenter- 2566 East Colonial (until 6 PM)
  • Metro Church Winter Springs – 1491 E State Rd 434, Winter Springs
  • St Cloud Presbyterian Church – 909 10th St, St Cloud

Since this targeted the LGBTQ community, it’s important to note that only certain gay men can give blood (contrary to earlier reports, the ban on gay men giving blood in Orlando has not been lifted.) Even so, some blood banks are aware of the new FDA guidelines, and you should set up an appointment—you’ll be screened, at which point you can find out if you qualify. If you’re not sure, check the Red Cross’s blood donation guidelines here.

Source :_http://lifehacker.com/

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