With the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris, we wanted to share a few ways you can help Paris from here, rather than just changing your Facebook picture to the French Flag Colors.
Spread This List Of Embassy Numbers:
— George Aylett (@GeorgeAylett) November 13, 2015
Family members of French locals can check with the Embassies for information regarding the attack or to report a potential missing family member/family member they have not made contact with.
Spread The Facebook Check Feature:
Grateful for Facebook's safety check feature for Paris tonight. pic.twitter.com/iDJ7dRCroy
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) November 14, 2015
You can check to see if your friends who frequently use Facebook are checked in as safe by using the safety feature enacted by the popular social media site. If you have friends or family in the affected area, click here to be navigated to the Safety Check portal and it will scan through your friends.
Offer Up Your Couch For A Night:
If you happen to have extra space and want to open your home to someone who can't make it back home due to France, you can contact people VIA Twitter using the hashtag #strandedinUS to open your home to a person in need.
Donate To The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
This particular portal lets you donate to multiple causes, including refugee migration services for the Mediterranean Area, Manimar Flood Relief, the Nepal Earthquake, and the Syria crisis. The cause you can donate to help the particular French crisis would be the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund, or the main portal of the International Federation (which also ends up going to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund when the funds aren't allocated). Click here for more information.
Donate To Doctors Without Borders
The website for the fund says "For Doctors Without Borders, the ability to respond quickly to medical humanitarian emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. Unrestricted funds allow us to allocate our resources most efficiently and where the needs are greatest." It also gives you the option to "restrict" your donation VIA E-Mail, so if you want to donate specifically to the French cause, you can contact them at [email protected]. To learn more about this particular fund, click here.
Donate To The French Red Cross
As of right now, they do not have a specific portal set up to just donate to this particular tragedy, but you can donate directly to the French Red Cross to support their efforts here.
Les Restaurants Du Couer
This particular organization helps donate food to people in need. The website says "They aim to 'assist and provide volunteer assistance to indigent persons, especially in the food sector through access to free meals, and participation in their social and economic integration, as well as any action against poverty in all its forms.'" Given the state of things at the moment with the country, this could be one of the organizations that can provide great help. To donate, click here.
Secours Populaire Francias
This organization provides aid in emergency situations based on food, clothing, and emergency housing situations. To learn more, click here.
SI is fully committed to providing aid in times of conflict or natural disasters. In those particular situations, the site says that they provide drinking water, food, and shelter during said needed times. To find out more and to donate, click here.
We will continue to update this list as more information of how to help arrises.
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