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Helping Orlando victims from home

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As people rally to help those touched by the tragedy of the Orlando mass shooting, many are wondering how to help from here.

Monetary donations

An official GoFundMe page has been created for the victims in the Pulse Night Club shooting.

Equality Florida, the state's LGBT civil rights organization, is collecting contributions from the page to support the victims in what was the largest mass shooting in US history.

To donate to the GoFundMe page, click here.

Red Cross

In addition to monetary donations, the American Red Cross is lending a hand.

The organization released a statement expressing their sympathies for all those involved in this weekend's tragedy.

The statement said "While we do not typically serve hospitals in the Orlando area, the Red Cross is providing a small number of blood products to support Florida hospitals in response to the shooting."

The Red Cross also said that blood donations are needed to help those wounded.

The Valdosta Red Cross, located at 2517 Bemiss Road, is accepting blood donations, some of which will go to help the victims.

The hours for this location are 

  • Tuesday 10 a.m. -- 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 12 p.m. -- 2 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 a.m. -- 2 p.m.
  • Saturday 7 a.m. -- 2 p.m.

You can contact the Valdosta Red Cross at 241-1141.

To find out where you can donate to the Red Cross, click here.

Remembrances

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal showed their support for the victims in this weekend's shooting.

Leaders of a Southwest Georgia LGBT group are organizing an Albany candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the deadly Orlando shooting.

The vigil is taking place Wednesday night at the Ray Charles Plaza on Front Street in Albany.

The event will be from 8 p.m. -- 11 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own candles and cups and rainbow flags to honor those lost in the massacre. 

Reverend Carol Pyles and her wife Chris Caplan are inviting everyone the community to Wednesday night's candlelight vigil.

Pyles is a spokesperson for the Rainbow Alliance of Southwest Georgia, and says now is the time to set aside the label of "gay", and show support for the victims and their families.

"I know that the people in my community love. So let's show it. Let's come together. Let's be strong.  And let's support one another," said Pyles.

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