Here is How You can Help the Happiest Place on Earth! #OrlandoUnited

We woke up heartsick, a part of us in denial. Our own backyards? How? Why?

Inspiration touches your soul in all shapes and sizes. Today these profound words from our local blogger Orlando Date Night gave us strength to stay strong and spread the love.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends at this most challenging time. In lieu of the horrific tragedy that has struck our home town Orlando, we are here to remind the world:

Every day may not be good but there is something GOOD in every day.

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And here is how our community is standing #OrlandoUnited and how YOU can help.

Residents of Orlando poured in to donate blood at One Blood locations – O Negative, O Positive and AB Plasma blood donors. You can donate HERE.

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Civil rights organization Equality Florida set up a GoFundMe to support “victims and families affected by the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. You can visit the page and donate here.

The Center Orlando has also started a GoFundMe in conjunction with Zebra Coalition, MBA, Hope and Health, Two Spirit Coalition and Rollins – Donate here.

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Jet Blue Airways is providing free seats on its available flights to/from Orlando for immediate family and domestic partners of victims who were killed or injured. Those family members and domestic partners requiring travel assistance can contact 1-800-JETBLUE for details.

Central Florida Culinary Community is providing water, food, and supplies for first responders, ORMC staff, Orlando residents donating blood, and volunteers. YMCA, Cuisiners, Sysco, K Restaurant, Rusteak, Whole Foods, Chuy’s Tex Mex, 4 Rivers, Talk of the Town, Tijuana Flats, Quantum Leap Winery, Kona Ice, Vegan Hot Dog Cart, Old Hearth Bread Company, Swine and Sons, John and Shirley’s Catering, The Meatball Stop to name a few.

The GLBT Center and Zebra Coalition are offering counseling services. Call the Zebra Coalition hotline at 407-228-1446 or 407-822-5036.

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You can reach out to City of Orlando HERE to offer services and much appreciated donations. After all every little thing counts in a crisis – Late Pandit Nehru.

LGBTQ advocacy nonprofit Planting Peace has launched a CrowdRise campaign to help cover the victims’ medical costs, as well as funeral costs. Donate here.

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Pincho Factory will donate 15% of all sales from this week to support victims of the tragedy.

To find a vigil near you, visit weareorlando.org, with a growing list of local events.

Darden Restaurant Group served dinner to three hundred law enforcement officers and lunch to blood donors at four sites yesterday. Today, lunches to grief counselors helping to heal. To the One Orlando Fund, $500,000 to aid in recovery.

Pet Alliance Of Greater Orlando is offering short-term care, or permanent placement, for any pets that have been affected by the shooting. To arrange for pet care with the Alliance, call 407-418-0906.

Love is all around us – give a hug to your neighbor, listening ear to a stranger, YOU can be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

Photo Credits: Bokeh Studio and tastychomps.

 

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