Terrorism is fucking awful. Obviously.
And the poor country of France has again been wrecked by the horrible actions of some fucking piece of garbage. More than 80 innocent spectators were killed by a large truck driving through a crowd of people in Nice, France, celebrating Bastille Day. The driver also opened gunfire on the crowd.
And while we still do not know who was involved in the planning or the motivation behind the attack, and we won’t give the terrorist the gratification of printing his name, you can do something to help besides just posting a Facebook status about the horrible act and “sending your thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families. Instead of taking 10 minutes writing a Facebook post about how saddened you are, engaging in the unspoken contest to one-up all your friends to see who can pen the most eloquent status, you can use that time to actually do something. For once in our lives, this is not the occasion to talk about ourselves. So here’s how you can help.
1. Donate to Give for France
This fundraising campaign started after the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, and is now seeking donations for the Bastille Day attack in Nice. The U.S.-operated website is run by a U.S. affiliate (which means it’s an IRS-recognized charity) and they’ve made the process super easy for you: just text “Paris” to 20222 to trigger a $10 donation.
2. Donate blood
All our French betches can help by giving blood. Reports are saying the demand has currently been met, but you may be able to leave your contact info in case there’s more need in the coming days. Also, donating blood is always a good thing to do anyway.
3. Attend a vigil
So far, vigils have been planned in New York City, Detroit and Louisville, but be sure to check Facebook for vigils in your city.
4. Donate to the French Red Cross
The French Red Cross is giving support to survivors, family members and friends, as well as fundraising for response and relief teams.
5. Give to the GoFundMe account for the two Americans killed
Originally from Texas, Sean Copeland, 51, and his 11-year-old son Brodie were among the more than 84 killed in the attack. A GoFundMe account has been set up in support of the family.
6. Learn more about the resources available
The United Nations Victims of Terrorism Support Portal offers a database of resources to help victims of terrorism.
Remember that today, #WeAreNice.