WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The local community is coming together to stand strong with Orlando and to show support for the victims and their families.
The fountain in Dupont Circle is now a makeshift memorial for the Orlando victims. It is adorned with flowers, candles, signs of support as well as rainbow flags and beads. In the hustle and bustle of the Monday morning commute, people stopped to reflect, take pictures, some even dropped to their knees to pray.
“It’s just overwhelming to think about,” said Karen Whitney as tears welled up in her eyes.
“That someone could come in and take away the celebration and the hope, exciting…it’s just so devastating.”
Whitney is the President of Colonial University in Pennsylvania and admits as an educator she is searching for way to explain the tragedy to her students, “I don’t know what the future is but we got to put love ahead of hate,” she explained.
“It really hits close to home,” said Joel Burger, “to know they targeted people like me and my friends and to think we could be target in the future because of that. But I think the most important thing is we don’t let the terrorist win and get to us.”
D.C. residents are showing their support in various ways. Some have been attending scheduled vigils, while others may be choosing to go a different route. Donating blood is one way to help the dozens of survivors at the hospital in Orlando.
There are several places in the District Metro area where you can donate blood, according to the Red Cross.
- E Street Blood Donation Center 2025 E Street NW Washington, DC 20006 | 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- Rockville Blood Donation Center 11820 Parklawn Drive Rockville, MD 20852 | 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- Alexandria Chapter House 123 North Alfred St Alexandria, VA 22314 | 1:30 PM – 7:00 PM
- Fairfax Blood Donation Center 2720 Prosperity Avenue Suite 200 Fairfax, VA 22031 | 12:30 PM – 7:30 PM
For more information on giving blood, please visit: http://www.redcrossblood.org/