How to help: How Can I Help Paris
Published: November 15, 2015
How to help: How Can I Help Paris, Tributes to victims of the attacks lie near the entrance to the Carillon restaurant in Paris on November 14, 2015 following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Friday which left more than 120 people dead.
For those looking to make tangible contributions to organizations providing resources and support for the victims, there are several charities and other means of sending assistance. Here are some ways you can help:
The Red Cross: The French Red Cross has announced it already has hundreds of volunteers on the ground working with the victims and their families. You can donate here. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are also options, although you cannot donate directly to the French Red Cross and donations to those two organizations go toward their overall efforts around the world, not specifically the Paris victims.
Follow or participate with the hashtag #PorteOuverte: The phrase means “open door” and has been used by Parisians offering their homes as shelter for anyone who needs them. People in other nations have also used it to offer a place to stay for French citizens who are stranded by plane delays or by the country closing its borders in the wake of the attacks.
Donate blood: For those in Paris or the surrounding area, you can arrange to donate blood through the French National Blood Service or by using the Don du Sang à Paris app.
Local French organizations: The Secours Catholique-Caritas France and the French Secours Populaire are two organizations that provide assistance during emergencies.
Check in with loved ones: For those in Paris whose families may be worried about their safety, Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature. Normally used for natural disasters, the feature allows users to let friends and family know their status in the wake of a catastrophic event.
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