Many are asking themselves: How can I help Paris? From the shock and horror of Friday’s terrorist attacks that left nearly 130 dead and hundreds more injured comes the response that defines humanity in the face of peril – helping others during their time of greatest need.
Writes Today: “As people across the world express support for Paris in the wake of Friday’s horrific terrorist attacks, there are several ways you can help the victims, their families and others affected by the deadliest day on French soil since World War II.”
Millions have taken to social media, using the PeaceforParis and PrayforParis hashtags,expressing their sympathy for the victims and their families. A new symbol representing solidarity has risen from the aftermath of wanton destruction – a peace sign featuring the Eiffel Tower.
Here are some local organizations that stand ready to assist those in need:
The French Red Cross – US currency donations can be made here. Please note: While the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are worthy organizations, donations made there generally will go to emergency aid around the world, to be distributed as needed, and not necessarily earmarked for the Paris attacks.
Friends of Fondation de France – The FFDF is a public charity in the US that supports the work of France’s leading private charitable institution, the Fondation de France. For donations and more information, head to the NYCharities.org website.
The French Secours Populaire – A nonprofit group that provides support during emergencies.
Reports Mashable: “In an extraordinary show of solidarity, many Parisians began using the hashtag #PorteOuverte, which means ‘open door,’ to offer their homes as shelter to those who needed a safe place to sleep late Friday night and early Saturday morning — especially those who were not able to return to their homes due to disrupted subway lines.”
Here are a few other France-based organizations that are providing aid and relief:
Restaurants du Coeur (Restaurants of Love) – gives meals to the needy
Doctors Without Borders – helps people worldwide, delivering emergency medical aid to those affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
You can also use Facebook’s Safety Check feature, which allows friends and family members to check to see if their loved ones have marked themselves as safe.