We are still in disbelief after the tragedy that hit Manchester last night at Ariana Grande‘s concert.
As we reported, at least 22 people were killed and 59 were injured after a suicide bomber — named as 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi — attacked Manchester Arena on Monday.
This act of terrorism has left us all feeling heartbroken and helpless. So in effort to show solidarity with the victims and their families, we’ve gathered a few practical actions you can take to help.
Ch-ch-check out the list (below):
1. Share VERIFIED information about missing persons. In the aftermath, many people are still trying to locate their loved ones. You can help by offering safe spaces and using the hashtags #MissingInManchester and #ManchesterMissing. Please, please, please make sure the info is accurate before sending out any photos.
Similarly, if you have any info about a missing person, call the emergency police helpline at 0161 856 9400.
2. Give blood. Those injured in the attack are currently being treated at eight different hospitals in the Greater Manchester area — and if you’re nearby, you’re donation would be invaluable.
NHS GiveBlood is encouraging new donors to register and existing donors to book an appointment, particularly if you are in the blood group O negative. You can do that HERE.
3. No fake news. We understand tons of information is being circulated right now, but any details should be confirmed as true before sharing on social media.
For example, there have been viral images of Ariana from the Scream Queens set and fake profiles for missing persons so far.
Look out for stuff like this (below):
4. Send your love. It might not feel like much, but you can reach out to those affected by the attack through the Manchester City Council’s online book of condolence HERE.
5. Tonight, there will be a vigil in Albert Square to pay respects:
6. Lastly, Manchester Evening News has created a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to provide support for the families of those injured and killed. You can donate and share HERE.
More love, bbs.
[Image via CNN.]