An unspeakable tragedy occurred at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, U.K. on Monday night. After reports of explosions going off at the end of the pop star's show, devastating images and videos flooded social media depicting the aftermath. So far, there are 19 confirmed fatalities and 60+ more said to be injured.
It feels impossible to imagine that any good can come out of such senseless losses. It does help, though, to look for a glimmer of light in the midst of such dark moments. Fred Rodgers, the host of Mr. Rodger's neighborhood put it best. "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.” This has certainly been the case after the explosion's at Ariana Grande's concert.
If somebody you know is missing from Ariana's Manchester show, make your way to the Holiday Inn as they have taken in over 50 children.— Amplify (@thisisamplify) May 22, 2017
ATTENTION: Holiday Inn Manchester are taking in children who have been separated from their parents. You can contact them on: 0161 836 9600— UNILAD (@UNILAD) May 23, 2017
The citizens of Manchester and the surrounding area are coming together on social media to help in any way they can. They're using the hashtags #Manchester and #RoomforManchester to help people find a safe place to sleep, recoup, or find children they were separated from. The Holiday Inn and Premier Inn are taking in lost children and keeping them safe until they can be reunited with their parents. Other good samaritans are offering to take stranded people in after the explosions.
If anyone is looking for a place to stay plz check out #roomformanchester! Lots of kind peeps stepping in to help. My ❤ goes out all of you🙏— Racheal (@RockinRachi92x) May 23, 2017
IF ANYONE NEEDS A BED OR A SOFA FOR A NIGHT LET ME KNOW ASAP #RoomForManchester— Gina Wilson 🦄 (@lolginaxo) May 22, 2017
People are already seeing positive results from this massive social media effort, as well. After posting photos of their missing friends and family on Twitter, following along with these hashtags, people in attendance at the concert have already been reunited with lost loved ones.
How amazing is social media pic.twitter.com/7IoycnAjGZ— k (@wtvrkatelyn) May 22, 2017
As we keep everybody affected by Monday night's events in our hearts and prayers, it's comforting to know that those close to tragedy are doing what they can to offer assistance.
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