“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.”- Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)
This quote was constantly on my mind this past week. As of now, everyone has heard of the devastating shooting that happened at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. It is absolutely heartbreaking that someone could be filled with so much evil and hatred. Unfortunately there are bad people in the world. In times like these it helps to do as Mr. Rogers said and “look for the helpers”. So this post is dedicated to highlighting some of the many helpers.
-A Grandmother of one of the victims, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, was flying to Florida to attend their grandson’s funeral. Her flight attendants had the fellow passengers write her messages on a piece of paper.“When we gathered them together to present them to her, we didn’t have just a sheet of paper covered in names, which is what I had envisioned,” Karas wrote on Facebook. “Instead, we had page after page after page after page of long messages offering condolences, peace, love and support. There were even a couple of cash donations, and more than a few tears.” At the end of the flight they had a moment of silence for her grandson.
-Chick Fil A is notorious for being closed on Sundays but this past Sunday they quietly opened their kitchen to feed the many people standing in line to donate blood.
-A former marine, Imran Yousuf, was a bouncer for Pulse and helped save many lives during the shooting.
-Jetblue offered free flights to victims families trying to get to the victims funerals.
-A 49 year old mother of 11, Brenda McCool, was with her son at the nightclub. When the shooting started she jumped in front of her son. Her son survived and she did not.
-A homeless man relights the candles at a memorial for victims of the Orlando shooting after the winds blew them out.
– People brought water bottles and Popsicle’s to volunteers standing in line to donate blood and Little Caesars Pizza and Pizza Hut donated free pizza.
-Universal Orlando donated $1 Million to the victims and families.
-DJ Ray Rivera was Dj-ing at Pulse and had the presence of mind to turn the music off so that people would know the sounds of the shooting were not part of the music.
-Dogs from all over the country flew to Orlando to comfort survivors.
-An Orlando Police Officer was shot in the head and saved by his helmet while trying to stop the shooter. Along with Officer Michael Napolitano there were 10 other officers involved in the shooting.
-Volunteers waited in line to donate blood sometimes over half a mile long.
-Josh McGill was in attendance at the nightclub. During the shooting he helped a stranger who was shot by creating a tourniquet from his shirt, applying pressure and comforting him. When it was safe he ran to a police car and rode with him to the hospital.
-Some of the biggest heroes of that night were the Doctors and Nurses who worked tirelessly to save the lives of the many victims. Some were off duty and answered the call in the middle of the night to come help. “An army of nurses arrived – dozens who were supposed to be off-duty – along with X-ray and blood technicians”.
~Spread Love not hate~