ORLANDO, Fla, June 12, 2016 – The thoughts and deepest sympathies of the entire American Red Cross family are with the people of Orlando and those affected by Sunday morning’s tragic shooting. Volunteers are supporting emergency responders by providing snacks and water, and the Red Cross is coordinating closely with local officials to determine how we can best support the affected community over the coming days and weeks.
Locally, Red Cross volunteers are supporting affected families gathered at the Beardall Senior Center with snacks, water and emotional support. The Beardall Senior Center is located at 800 Delaney Ave, Orlando, FL 32801.
While we do not typically serve hospitals in the Orlando area, the Red Cross is providing a small number of blood products to support Florida hospitals in response to the shooting, and we stand ready to provide additional blood and blood products as needed.
Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to respond to this devastating incident. While the Red Cross is not accepting financial donations designated specifically for this event, we always need the public to help support our work. The Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters each year, and donations forRed Cross Disaster Relief are used to help people and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small.