Pray for Orlando

Every morning when I wake up, I check Facebook on my phone to may sure a client hasn’t messaged me. Yesterday when I checked Facebook, I couldn’t believe what I saw. Everyone was talking about the shooting in Pulse, an Orlando gay club. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. Not only was it a gay bar, it was an hour from where I live. It hit close to home, literally. You always hear about these kinds of things happening on the news, but you never think it could actually happen an hour from your home.

Here are some facts about what happened:

Omar Mateen acted alone in shooting over 100 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida at 2am Sunday morning
Omar had a 3 hour standoff with police, and was eventually shot dead
50 (and counting)were killed, 53 were injured
this is the worst mass shooting America has seen
this is the worst act of terrorism since 9/11
police say Omar was organized and well prepared
he was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and an unspecified “device”

If you live in or around the Orlando area, here’s what you can do to help:

blood banks in Orlando are at capacity – if you wish to donate, schedule an appointment for later this week
when the blood banks are no longer full, they will need O-, O+, and AB plasma
donors must be over the age of 16, healthy, and weigh over 100 pounds
oneblood has not lifted its ban on lgbt+ men giving blood
oneblood is in need of water, juice, snacks, and fruit for those donating (drop them off here)
here is a check-in page to help people locate friends and family
-family hotline: 407-246-4357
-for emergency blood donations:

Orlando West Michigan Donor Center
345 W Michigan Street, Ste. 106, Orlando, FL 32806

Orlando Main Donor Center
8669 Commodity Circle,  Orlando, FL 32819

Oviedo Donor Center
1954 W. State Road 426, Oviedo, FL 32765

-bloodmobile locations:

Asbury United Methodist Church
220 West Horatio Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
4851 S. Apopka Vineland Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Metro Church
1491 East State Rd. 434
Winter Springs, FL 32708

-there is a gofundme now set up for the victims and their families
-you can donate to Orlando hospitals here
-The Center is an lgbt+ organization and is accepting donations here
-Orlando Youth Alliance is and lgbt+ organization and is accepting donationshere
how to contact representatives about gun control

If you need to talk:

The Trevor Project: always open, for lgbt+ youth. call them at 1-866-488-7386.
Trans Lifeline: for transgender people. call them at US: (877) 565-8860 or  Canada: (877) 330-6366
Scarleteen: text them at (206) 866-2279
-The Zebra Coalition hotline at (407) 228-1446 to speak to a counselor.
-The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida will be staffing counselors all day at their location: 946 N. Mills Avenue Orlando, FL 32804.

My e-mail is always open too if you need to talk: Claytonm22@hotmail.com

Here are some supportive pictures if you’d like to change your FB profile picture:

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Yesterday I lit some healing crystals and set out some stones to say prayers for everyone affected.

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If you ever need to talk, please to hesitate to comment on here or email (listed above).

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