Jul 26 2012

The Dark Knight Rises: How to Help the Victims

Last week’s tragedy in Aurora has been very hard to process and has honestly left us at a loss for words. Fresh on the heels of recent wildfires all over the state and the senseless City Park shooting in Denver, where police officer, Celena Hollis lost her life, this tragedy is too much to bear in a state that has already seen such a turbulent summer.

While it is impossible to justify or dismiss the horrendous nature of this event, our hope is that this tragedy might at least bring some much needed attention to our country’s lack of affordable mental health care, which currently seems to be treated as more of a luxury, as opposed to a necessity.

Due to increased demand, Twirling Hippy has extended their community blood drive through August 15th. Medical marijuana industry workers and eligible patients can donate blood at any Bonfils location or blood mobile between 7/17/12 and 8/15/12 using code #7165 to identify as a member of the Medical Cannabis Community Blood Drive! if your MMC, MIPs or OPC workers want to donate together call 303-363-2300 to make an appointment in advance. Click this link to see the 7 locations you can choose from, as well as mobile blood locations that will be participating and if you care please share!   The Hufington Post has posted a great list of other ways to help out:

Bonfils Blood Center

After sending 342 units of blood to five local hospitals treating the victims of Friday’s tragic shooting, the Bonfils Blood Center in Denver is desperate for donations, Tiffany Anderson, marketing and communications director, told the Huffington Post via email. The 70-year-old bank particularly needs donations of O-negative and A-negative blood in order to replenish its supply. Bonfils is no longer accepting walk-ins, but you can schedule an appointment by calling 303.363.2300 or visiting the organization’s website here.

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance

The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) helps heal those who have been affected by crime with its education, leadership and advocacy programs. COVA is working with the Aurora Police Department to coordinate donations for victims of Friday’s mass shooting. To contribute to COVA’s relief efforts, consider making a donation online or sending a check to 90 Galapago Street, Denver CO, 80223.

Aurora Mental Health Center 

The Aurora Mental Health Center is offering crisis counseling to anyone in need. Those seeking help can walk in to the center or call 303.617.2300 to find out more information. Find out how you can support the Aurora Mental Health Center here.

United Way Denver

United Way Denver is working to reunite families with lost loved ones who they believe may have been victims of the Aurora theater shooting. Those looking for missing relatives can contact the organization’s 2-1-1 hotline for help. The United Way Denver isn’t collecting money for shooting victims, but you can support the organization’s mission to reunite families here.

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Colorado Chapters dispensed food, water and mental health professionals to Gateway High School, which served as an evacuation site for victims and witnesses after the shooting. The organization is not accepting donations at this time for this specific effort.

The Denver Center For Crime Victims

The local nonprofit is providing bilingual/bicultural counselors to victims and families affected by the tragedy. The organization provides resources such as financial aid, provisions, support groups and more during times of trauma. Learn more here.

This is a developing list, please check with the Huffington Post for updates!

Special thanks to Mark Rantal for the tribute artwork!

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