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Terror in Orlando

A complete reconstruction of the worst day in Orlando history

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PHOTO BY IAN SUAREZ
  • Photo by Ian Suarez

Blood Donations

Orlandoans showed up in droves to donate blood after Sunday's mass shooting. People are encouraged make an online appointment with OneBlood for later in the week because of overwhelmingly long lines and dwindling supplies. Here are some places that are still open for donations:

Asbury United Methodist Church Bloodmobile, 220 W. Horatio Ave., Maitland

Apopka Donor Center, 131 N. Park Ave., Apopka

AMC 18 Altamonte Mall, 433 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs

St. Luke's United Methodist Church Bloodmobile, 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Road

Orlando Main Donor Center, 8669 Commodity Circle

Oviedo Donor Center, 1954 W. State Road 426, Oviedo

Metro Church Bloodmobile, 1491 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs

In a cruel irony, gay men are not being allowed to donate blood. The Food and Drug Administration set a lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men back in 1983, though they loosened that ban last December to only cover gay men sexually active in the past 12 months. Anecdotal reports that OneBlood and other Central Florida banks would suspend the ban in this crisis situation proved untrue; OneBlood has confirmed the restriction remains in effect.

PHOTO BY JEREMY REPER
  • Photo by Jeremy Reper

Bilingual Help

La matanza que dejo a 49 muertos y 53 heridos ha afectado mayormente a las comunidades Latina y LGBTQ. Se necesitan voluntarios de consejería bilingües para ayudar en las líneas telefónicas. Si puede ofrecer sus servicios de traducción, llame 407-428-5870 o mande un correo electrónica a info@hispanicchamber.net.

Si usted necesita ayuda bilingüe, llame Hispanic Family Counseling, 407-382-9079; Victim Services Center, 407-246-4357; o Two Spirits/Zebra Coalition, 407-228-1446. Si necesita información sobre las víctimas, llame la línea de emergencia de la ciudad de Orlando, 407-246-4357, o llame Hispanic Office of Local Assistance, 407-254-4652.

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