Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was one of the deadliest acts of gun violence in recent U.S. history. And as the country tries to come to grips with yet another tragedy, many people are looking for
ways to help and donate to the families and survivors of Parkland.
17 confirmed victims of the shooting, with at least 14 others wounded, several of whom sustained injuries that are reportedly life-threatening.
Several students have
spoken out about their experiences, on social media and television. The picture that emerges is one filled with panic, chaos, gruesome violence, and sheer terror.
Recovering from such an experience, if a recovery is possible at all, will require a lot of time and concerted effort. And the families, students, and community of Parkland can certainly use as much support and encouragement as possible over the coming days and weeks.
So, for anyone who wants to proactively help that healing process, there are a number of ways to do so. From donating to well-established organizations on the ground in Parkland to individual money-raising efforts, here are a few ways to donate to the families and survivors of the Parkland shooting.
Donate To The Broward Health Hospital Foundation
Broward Health hospitals have accepted seven victims from the Parkland shooting. Any time an emergency situation at this scale occurs, finite resources can become a real struggle. To help keep their hospitals running smoothly, you can
donate to their foundation here.
Donate To The Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund
With a goal of raising $300,000 to "provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting," the GoFundMe campaign hosted by the Broward Education Foundation has so far raised $192,845. The 501(c)3 organization is "solely dedicated to raising funds for Broward County Public Schools."
You can donate here.
Donate To The National Center For Victims Of Crime
National Center for Victims of Crime is an organization that does exactly what it's name suggests. The organization "advocates for stronger rights, protections, and services for crime victims." That certainly extends to those impacted by the Parkland shooting. Donate here.
Donate To KX96.9 Radio's Campaign For Victims And Survivors
GoFundMe campaign has been started by the hosts of radio program JP & Lauren with Husker Nick on Lincoln, Nebraska's KX 96.9 station. According to their campaign's description, the goal is to "raise money to help the families and victims of this tragic shooting," including "such things as medical and funeral costs, along with anything else the families might need."
Donate Blood (Especially If You're O Negative)
Donate To Donovan Dijak's GoFundMe Campaign For Parkland Victims
aka Donovan Dijak, is a wrestler with the WWE. He started a GoFundMe campaign Wednesday for the victims and families of the Parkland shooting. On the campaign's site, Dijak writes, "Please, help us show the world how strong the professional wrestling community is. Let’s do our best to help out our fellow humans in [their] time of need." Dijak notes he has run similar campaigns in the past and will ensure all the funds go to charities working to help those affected by the shooting in Parkland.
Donate To The American Red Cross
According to their
website, the American Red Cross "is on the ground working in close coordination with emergency officials to provide comfort and support now" to those affected by the Parkland shooting. They are bringing O negative blood to hospitals in Broward County, as well as "helping to establish a family assistance center, and mobilizing mental health and spiritual care volunteers to provide support." You can donate here.
The community of Parkland, and especially the families, students, and faculty who are a part of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, have just suffered an unimaginable tragedy. Donating money to help ease the financial load is one small way to reduce their burden, and donating blood literally saves lives. So please consider donating to the victims and survivors of the Parkland shooting.