“It’s a devastating event and we are often involved.”
Tuesday, June 14 marks World Blood Donor Day and the Orlando shooting massacre highlights the growing need.
when a disaster strikes, when tragedy consumes us, The Red Cross is usually headed into the eye of the storm.
The deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history at a gay dance club in Orlando Florida, was no exception. According to officials, already, two responders have deployed out of Western New York to provide mental health help.
Brian McConnell, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Red Cross said this is an important part of traumatic relief.
“Depending on the needs they may be meeting with family members they may be meeting with some of the first responders that were on the scene so we are there to support the individuals that have helped and also to support the families.”
In the midst of loss, when every one is asking, how can I help make this better, the answer is clear, take action.
“Traditionally, The American Red Cross hasn’t served the hospitals in that area but we have made the blood that has been in reserves available for the incident,” said McConnell. “We are not asking for financial donations at this time for the response but we are encouraging individuals to consider making a blood donation.”
So as we remember and as we include the vicitms in our thoughts and prayers, the easiest way to help, is to give blood, to save lives today and to save those who could need your help, tomorrow.
WETM is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, June 28 at various locations throughout the Southern Tier.
To schedule an appointment you can visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code WETM or call 1-800 Red Cross.
To donate funds to support the victims, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/2942a444