9 stories of how Manchester came together in the face of terror
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“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.”- Fred Rogers
(Peter Byrne/PA)When terrorist attacks happen, the one good thing to come out of them is people's solidarity. There are always scenes of people helping one another. Monday evening's attack after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena was no different. Here are some stories that will really help to restore your faith in humanity at a time like this.
1. The commendable efforts of the emergency servicesTime after time emergency services rush to the scene of incidents, as everyone else is trying desperately to get away. These people are part of families too, yet they often push their own safety to the back of their minds in order to help others. The below tweet shows a first responder comforting a little girl in the immediate aftermath. Tragically, the girl's mother is still missing.
2. People brought food as emergency services worked through the nightPeople and businesses showed their gratitude towards the emergency services and helped them, by offering them food and drink. Dominos pizzas were delivered to NHS workers in a hospital: A restaurant in the heart of Manchester was offering to feed the emergency services:
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3. Two homeless men stayed to help, rather than fleeing33-year-old Chris Parker cradled a woman in her 60s as she died and helped a girl with no legs after rushing to help. Meanwhile, 35-year-old Stephen Jones instinctively hurried to the arena to help after hearing the explosion. He pulled nails out of children's arms and out of a little girl's face. According to The Independent, Jones said the following: "If I didn't help, I wouldn't be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that. Just because I'm homeless it doesn't mean that I haven't got a heart and I'm not human still."
4. Taxi drivers gave lifts for freeWith many stranded, taxi drivers turned off their meters and took people home to safety for free.
5. Gurdwaras offered shelterIn another wonderful sign of solidarity, Sikhs offered food and shelter at their local Gurdwaras (temples).
6. People offered others a safe place to stayUsing the hashtag #RoomsForManchester, many people offered their sofas or spare rooms to those who were stranded. Phone chargers were also offered to those who may be unable to contact friends and family regarding their whereabouts.
7. Many people donated bloodSo many people went to donate blood on Tuesday morning after the attacks that there were huge queues. There were so many people, in fact, that the NHS didn't need everyone to donate as they already had enough.
8. Tattoo shops are raising money for victims and their familiesIn the coming days, tattoo shops in Manchester are going to be raising money. They will be tattooing the Manchester emblem of the worker bee, with all proceeds going to the victims and their families.
9. A footballer is donating £100,000 to victimsFinally, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and his agent are donating £100,000 to the victims of the attack and their families. Clearly, whilst there is evil in the world, it is outshined by an abundance of love and the helpers. These stories of homeless people, emergency services, business owners and people in the public eye all coming together to help are proof of that.
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