Yesterday’s horrific massacre in Florida has left many people feeling helpless, but there are multiple ways you can help the victims and their families, even if you don’t live near Orlando.
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Facebook has set up a Safety Check In page for those living in Orlando.
If you have family members or friends in Orlando you have been unable to reach, call the Orlando Mass Shooting Family Hotline at 407-246-4357.
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Sadly, the report that area banks have lifted the ban on gay men donating blood proved false.
Here are other Orlando blood donation centers.
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
Blood donation vehicles have also been set up in the area:
Asbury United Methodist Church 220 West Horatio Ave. Maitland, FL 32751
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 32819
Metro Church 1491 East State Rd. 434 Winter Springs, FL 32708
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A MoveOn.org petition calling for stronger gun control will be delivered to Congress and President Obama. It currently has 656,000 signatures.
A separate petition on WhiteHouse.gov is calling for a ban on assault weapons. If it reaches 100,000 signatures, the White House will address the petition directly.
Come Together With Your Community
There are also memorials, church services, counseling sessions and more.
They hate us because they know we're magic and it terrifies them, but being gay is an extraordinary gift. Shine brighter today
— Sam Lansky (@samlansky) June 12, 2016
Don’t let fear keep you from standing in solidarity with your queer family this LGBT Pride Month. Hate will never win.