I would like to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting. I am sharing this video with you; it is extremely heartbreaking to see all those young lives taken away so soon. My heart goes out to them and their families. By sharing this video, we can hope that our energy and love will transcend boundaries and help those suffering right now. Hopefully this will console them and may this event be a warning call. We must stop fighting. We are all in this world together, and we are all somehow interrelated. May this tragedy bring about unity and remind us that only love can stop all of this unnecessary killing. May God bless America.
I would like to share some of the touching stories about how people (and even dogs) have come out to help.
(Stories and photos from Yahoo News, unless otherwise noted)
“‘Can you help me?’ a man, bleeding from three gunshot wounds, pleaded on the street outside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
‘Don’t worry, I got you,’ club-goer Josh McGill, himself escaping the scene of violence inside, replied before peeling off his shirt to stop the rush of blood, engulfing the wounded man in a bear hug, and keeping him conscious as they drove to the nearest ER, according to the LA Times. The man, Rodney Sumter Jr., is now recovering, largely in part to McGill’s brave efforts.”
“Another man packed a cooler, jumped in his car and drove for nearly four hours from Tallahassee to Orlando to pass out free drinks to the reeling community. Miami television station WSVN-TV Channel 7 captured the unidentified man, standing over his half-empty cooler, in a Facebook post.”
“Gracie the Comfort Dog, a Chicago pup who brings comfort and compassion to the suffering, was immediately put on a flight to Orlando on Sunday morning.
Gracie is no stranger to national tragedies; she deployed to Newtown, Conn., in 2012 to comfort members of the community after 26 were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.”
(Picture from CBS Philly)
“By Monday afternoon, just over a day after the shooting, $2.1 million had been raised to help victims and their families through the GoFundMe platform. Some 600 people at a time have lined up to donate blood in Orlando. Counselors have offered their services pro bono, even via phone or Skype.”
I would also like to share with you the story of Patience Carter, from CNN. This is a touching story of how a person had such love to sacrifice and protect someone he did not even know.