While tweeting your thoughts and prayers to victims of terror is a quick and easy way to acknowledge tragedy and those affected by it, there are many other ways to lend a helping hand during times of need.
As these horrific tragedies seem to be neverending, here are examples of how to take a step beyond social media to support the victims of recent attacks. These are also good to keep in mind for future tragedies that will, inevitably, occur.
1. Donate Money
Although sparing money isn’t always the easiest solution, depending on your financial situation, it’s important to remember that any little bit helps in a crisis. You may not have much to give, but what you do will undoubtedly be appreciated.
Earlier this year, three Muslim-led fundraising initiatives set up to cover health expenses and funeral costs for the victims of the Portland stabbing raised nearly $1 million within days of the attack.
Be on the lookout for GoFundMe accounts and nonprofit fundraising efforts to contribute your money to when tragedy strikes.
2. Offer Resources
Directly following the Manchester attack outside of an Ariana Grande concert back in May, Uber and taxi drivers, along with others, went into overdrive offering rides and whatever services they could to bring survivors to safety.
Using the hashtag #RoomForManchester, locals opened their homes to total strangers who were stranded or separated from their groups.
Similarly, after the London Bridge attack, Londoners and businesses started #SofaForLondon to offer shelter to stranded survivors.
This is an incredibly valuable way to help victims of terror in the immediate aftermath that won’t cost you a single penny.
3. Donate Blood
If you live near or in an area where a terrorist attack occurs, consider donating blood to local hospitals that are treating injured victims.
In Texas, there are at least three nearby hospitals currently treating victims of the Sutherland Springs shooting where people can donate blood, which include Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville; San Antonio-based University Hospital; and Brooke Army Medical Center, also in San Antonio.
Additionally, folks should always be cognizant of the materials they choose to share via social media while raising awareness of these tragedies.
Maintaining respect for the victims and their families is one of the most important ways to help them through such a difficult and emotional time.