Photo Credit: France 24
After the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday, the world is mourning the loss of the over 120 people who died and are standing together to show their support for those who survived. The people of France were quick to open their homes to the victims as well as donate their time, money and even blood. Now people all over the world are looking for ways to help too.
The good news is that even if you live halfway across the globe from Paris, there are still ways to help the victims of the attacks. One of the best, easiest and most useful ways is by donating to charities like the French Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. Both of these charities are essential to providing victims of the attack with the care and treatment they need to heal. Another charity to consider donating to is Restaurants De Coeur which uses donated funds to provide meals for those in need.
Anybody who is #strandedinUS, I have an extra bedroom. If you don't mind 2 cheerful little boys, come stay with us. I speak some French.— zandy hartig (@zandywithaz) November 14, 2015
If you have an empty guest room or even a couch in your home, consider using the hashtag #StandedInUs on Twitter to connect with and provide shelter for French-tourists who are stuck in the U.S. after their flights home were cancelled.
If anybody trying to get to France is stuck in Prestwick, you are welcome at my home. #PorteOuverte— Marsi (@DMHull) November 14, 2015
If you're on the other side of the Atlantic, in France or its bordering countries, you can use the hashtag #PorteOuverte on Twitter to connect with people who have been displaced by the attack, and need a place to stay.
For those who are unable to open their wallet or home at the moment, you can still show your support and solidarity for France by adding an overlay of the country's flag to your Facebook profile picture. This small gesture is a simple way to show the people of France and the victims of the attack that you stand with them, and support them during this tragic time for their country. Here's a how-to-guide on how to change your profile picture.