IMPACT

How To Help Victims Of The Attack In Nice

At least 84 people were killed after a truck crashed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.

People worldwide are grieving following an attack in Nice Thursday night, which killed at least 84 people and wounded dozens more after a man crashed his truck into a crowd of people watching fireworks on Bastille Day. 

France’s President François Hollande has called it an act of terrorism.

Organizations and individuals have come together to show their support for the people in Nice and to provide help to those affected in the wake of the tragedy. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed,” President Obama said in a statement. “We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally.”

Here’s how you can help.

 

1. Support The Families Of The Victims

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched a CrowdRise campaign to provide support to the victims of the attack. The organization is assessing the best path for distributing funds directly to those affected, victims’ families and to local nonprofits providing critical services, the CDF President Bob Ottenhoff told HuffPost.

“As Americans, we answered the call for similar needs following the Boston Marathon bombing and the recent Orlando nightclub shooting,” the campaign page reads. “Today, our hearts go out to those in France.”

To support the families of the victims in Nice, donate here.

2. Support The U.S. Family Who Lost A Father And Son 

Americans Sean Copeland, 51 years old, and his son Brodie, 11 years old, were killed in the attack in Nice. Copeland was from Texas and was in Nice with family to celebrate a birthday, reported local news station WFTV.

A GoFundMe page was started in honor of Sean and Brodie Copeland, with all funds going directly to the Copeland family.

“Nobody deserves this type of fate, especially not such a wonderful family,” the page reads. “Rest in peace, Brodie and Sean, you will be remembered by many.”

To support the family of Americans who died in Nice, donate here.

 

3. Donate To The French Red Cross

The French Red Cross quickly mobilized to the scene after the attack, according to their website. They set up two centers on-site to assist victims and their families.

To support the efforts of the French Red Cross, donate here.

 

4. If You’re Local, Donate Blood In The Coming Weeks

People across France came together by the hundreds to donate blood after the attack.

The EFS, or the French blood establishment, is not issuing a call for more blood donations at the moment, as their needs have been covered, according to a tweet. They ask that people donate over the coming weeks.

To find a location to give blood in France, look here.

 

5. Check On Friends And Family In Nice ― Free Of Charge

Major U.S. phone carriers AT&TVerizonT-Mobile and Sprint have all announced free calls and texts for customers contacting Nice. Google has also announced free calls via Hangouts and Google Voice.

If you know someone in France, give them a call or send a text, just to check in.

  

6. Show France The World Stands With Them

People the world over shared messages and art pieces on social media, to send their thoughts and condolences to the victims and their families. 

Use the hashtag #PrayForNice, to show people in France the world is with them.  

 

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