A gunman stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire on the fully attended Tree of Life congregation. The shooting took 11 lives and injured many others, and has been deemed a hate crime because of the shooter’s vocal anti-Semitic threats.

Hate crimes like this can be doubly painful — pushing back is a battle against both the violence and the ideals behind it — but small, simple steps can make an impact. 


Swing by your local blood drive


Blood donations are in high demand after a mass casualty event. Find out where your closest Red Cross blood bank or OneBlood drive is and give blood to the national supply. A single donation may help up to three different people.

It only takes about an hour, so you can schedule it on your lunch break, between errands, or before you meet a friend for dinner.

Take 15 minutes to get real on hate in your area

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We may not let hate groups represent us, but they are a reality. They come from all across the U.S.

Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with some lesser-known hate symbols (because not all groups flash a swastika).

Then, take a peek at the SPLC's hate map, which indicates confirmed hate groups in your state. The more you know, the more capable you are to report hard-to-spot hate in your neighborhood.

Lead the recovery efforts


For the victims and their families, this tragedy is only the beginning. They've got a long road ahead of them with funeral costs, medical bills, and missed work. Chip in a few bucks to help them make it through this challenging time and towards a better recovery.

Donate to the GoFundMe Certified Charity campaign to help repair the damage to the building and support victims and survivors’ families.

If you see multiple fundraiser accounts for the same thing, or if anything else looks fishy, report it. It might be fraud, and you can help protect others from being scammed.

Talk to your kids


As you wake up to the news of a senseless tragedy, you need time to understand the story yourself. But for some of us, we might be facing immediate questions from our children.

Talking to your kids is essential to helping them cope with a tragedy. You want them to feel safe, and to cope with this news in an age-appropriate way.

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