Central Ohioans offering supporting, donations for Orlando

(Courtesy Columbus Public Health)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – An outpouring of financial support is being collected in Columbus for the victims and families in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Nearly 50 people were killed and another 53 injured when Omar Mateen opened fire in the popular LGBTQ club.

At Columbus Public Health employees are gathering donations and wearing silver ribbons in remembrance of the tragedy and to help lessen the financial burden of those impacted.

CPH released the following statement in regards to Orlando:


We are all saddened to learn of the horrific attack in Orlando, Florida over the weekend. Please join me in remembering the victims and keeping their families in our thoughts. Ribbons will be offered for those wishing to wear one in remembrance of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and to show support for LQBTQ individuals wherever they live. A donation box will also be available for staff wishing to contribute toward efforts to help the victims. Please check CPH Announcements later today for details about this.

As was tweeted by our Mayor, Andrew J. Ginther – “We must not allow violence to strike fear in our hearts, and we must stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ community.”

Columbus Pride is coming up this weekend on June 18. If you would like to join in the walk as part of our City of Columbus group, please go to: www.bit.ly/PrideForm. Anyone is welcome to march  with us even if you do not complete the form.

This tragedy reminds us of the importance of being kind to each other, each and every day. In the words  of  Mark Twain – “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Yours in good health,

Teresa C. Long, MD, MPH

Health Commissioner, Columbus Public Health

Alternate Auto Care is collecting donations in an empty Folgers can wrapped with a label that bares the Pulse logo and the message ‘Please join Alternative Auto Care in Supporting the Survivors and Families of Orlando Attack.’

“Help support the families of the survivors that are gonna be dealing with the medical bills and the funeral expenses,” says Owner/Operator Chris Cozad.

Stonewall Columbus is also collecting funds via its website. In less than 24 hours the site has brought in more than $4500, with an anonymous donor matching $3000 of that. Union Café has also pledged a $2500 match.

To donate visit https://www.stonewallcolumbus.org/orlando.

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