In the wake of Friday’s shooting at the midnight premiere of the new Batman film in Aurora, Colorado, local nonprofit organizations are working quickly to provide relief efforts for the victims and families affected by this tragedy.
Whether you’re currently on the ground in Colorado or miles away at home on your computer, there are numerous ways you can help.
Check out these organizations to learn more:
The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) is providing aid for those affected by the Aurora shooting, and is accepting online donations.
You can follow COVA on Facebook for updates and further developments on the tragedy. They have also released phone numbers given by the Aurora PD that people can use if they are looking to learn more on the status of family and friends affected by the shooting: 303-739-1862 or 303-739-1863.
Due to a great show of support from the Aurora community, Bonfils Blood Center is currently not accepting walk-in donors. According to their most recent press release, they have met the needs of the local hospitals involved in this tragedy and are asking that donors make appointments in the coming days to help replenish their blood supply.
Community members wanting to donate blood should call 303-363-2300 or schedule an appointment online and find the nearest donor center or mobile drive. Bonfils is in need of O-, A- and platelets and asks that donors with those blood types please consider donating.
If you’re unable to donate blood, but still want to give back, you can make a financial contribution.
This local recreation center is holding a charity event on Sunday, July 22, for the victims of the shootings. According to the event posted on the organization’s Facebook page, “We will be having a refuge/community meeting place to share their feelings/unite in the wake of the tragedy this Sunday at the Thrive Community Rec Center from 1-5pm. All are welcome, this will be open to the public. This is a time for our community to come together as a ‘FAMILY’!”
The Thrive Community Center is accepting donations of any kind such as bottled water, juices, soft drinks and snacks for this community gathering. Donations can be delivered directly to the Rec Center at 15528 East Hampden Circle, Aurora, CO 80013.
In response to the shooting, DenverMind Media got creative and quickly designed a Batman themed T-shirt to use in their own fundraising campaign to benefit COVA. The shirts range from $15 to $25, and are on sale now at the DenverMind Media Cafe Press website.
Other organizations providing support for this tragedy are: