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It’s time to lend a helping hand

In troubling times when fellow Southerners are in need, it’s important to remember that we must come together as a community. Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, famously once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

The tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend have left us all feeling unsettled, sad, and maybe even angry. One young woman, Heather Heyer, lost her life and many others were injured. There are ways you can help, from wherever you are.

Help Pay Medical Costs

Several different GoFundMe pages have already been set up so you can donate money directly to help with the medical costs for the victims.

Donate Blood

Giving blood is a life saving act of kindness. If you are in Charlottesville, you can donate blood for these victims through the Red Cross of Charlottesville here. But wherever you are in the country, there is always a need for blood donation and we urge you to find your local American Red Cross to see if you qualify to donate blood. You can save lives in your own community. There are also several other ways to donate to this organization and volunteer your time that do not involve the prick of a needle.

Help the Helpers

When violence erupts, first responders run towards the danger. Firemen, police officers, ambulance crews, all of these brave men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe. Send a note of appreciation to the first responders in Charlottesville or you can reach out to your local heroes and let them know they’re appreciated. Bring a case of bottled water to your local fire station. Many of these services run on donations and with volunteer forces. You can donate to your local departments or you can make a difference in the lives of many through organizations like The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

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Prayers Needed

All over the country, community groups and churches are hosting vigils to pray for the victims and to serve as a way for all of us to come together and stand up against acts of hate. Southerners know that there’s no room in our hearts for hate and we also know the power of prayer. Charlottesville needs our prayers to heal and we want the rest of the world to know that the south is a place where all should feel welcome.