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How to Help After the Mass Shooting in Orlando

The nation is reeling after at least 50 people were massacred Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando. After a mass shooting, it’s hard to know how to react. In the face of such horrific violence, what can we do that will really help? Here are some ways to take action.

1. Donate Blood

With so many people injured from the shooting, hospitals are in need of blood to perform necessary medical procedures. If you’re in the area, consider donating over the next few days—blood banks are currently at capacity, according to the Orlando Sentinel, but are encouraging people to make appointments this week. Heavy has a list of locations where you can give blood.

2. Give money

The advocacy group Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe page for the victims of the shooting. They’ve already raised more than $288,000, but are looking to raise half a million dollars. You can also choose to donate to one of the many local or national organizations that work on LGBTQ+ issues, or to an organization that works on reducing gun violence or impacting gun policy.

3. Contact your representative

One of the most important things you can do is contact your representative to let them know that you expect a change. Nicole Silverberg has put together a guide explaining several different ways to get in touch with a representative.

4. Reach out to friends and loved ones

This is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, and people are feeling the effects. Let the people in your life know that you’re there for them. and have conversations about what you’re feeling. Let’s all take care of each other in the wake of this devastating tragedy.

Katherine Mirani is the News Editor for Her Campus. She graduated from Northwestern University's journalism school in 2015. Before joining Her Campus full time, she worked on investigative stories for Medill Watchdog and the Scripps News Washington Bureau. When not obsessing over journalism, Katherine enjoys pasta, ridiculous action movies, #longreads, and her cockatiel, Oreo.