Moments before a candlelight vigil in Parkland, Florida, on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, to honor the 17 lives in during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News


One day after a gunman killed 17 people at a Broward County high school, the community is trying to find ways to help. Here are ways you can aid the victims and families affected by the deadliest school shooting in the United States in five years. 

Memorial Fund

Parkland PTA/PTO has organized a fundraiser selling t-shirts. Proceeds will go to the victims' families, first responders and the Stoneman Douglas High School Memorial Fund. 

The organization is selling the t-shirts on its website. Click here for the link.


The Broward Education Foundation has set up a GoFundMe account where money can be donated to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the shooting.

Donations can be made anonymously, and the donor may also leave a message of support.

Unity Service

Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland is hosting a service and community gathering Friday night. Clergy and grief counselors will be available during the service, which begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Candlelight Vigil

Another candlelight vigil will be held Friday at 5 p.m. at the Loxahatchee Road Wildlife Refuge. The event coordinators plan to meet at the end of Loxahatchee Road in Parkland. 


Donate blood

Concerned residents in the South Florida area may also donate blood. A drive is scheduled for Saturday in Parkland. More information about blood donations can be found at the American Red Cross's website.

Local group OneBlood is seeking O-Negative blood donations to replenish its stock.


The American Red Cross advises against sending gifts.

"It takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute these items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected," they advised in an email.

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Share what you know

Residents and local and state officials have taken to social media to promote available grief counseling and other support services for victims and family members under the hashtag #DouglasStrong.

The FBI has a dedicated webpage for tips on information regarding the shooter.

Broward County's live helpline is open to county residents. They provide information for grief counseling and other community events related to health and human services support.

The superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, Robert Runcie, shared places and times that grief counseling will be available to students and family members.

We will keep you updated as more news of events and memorials comes out.

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