Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by last night's earthquake in central Italy.
As we woke up this morning and learned of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake, we were devastated by the aftermath and to see such a beautiful community filled with rubble. But we've also been incredibly inspired by the brave rescue workers, volunteers, doctors, and nurses who have been on the front lines helping care for and comfort those in need.
For those at home who, like us, would like to lend a hand but might not be able to physically make it out there, we've rounded up a few ways you can help:
DONATE TO ORGANIZATIONS ON THE GROUND
The Italian Red Cross is on the ground in central Italy with rescue dogs searching for survivors, providing psychological support, setting up mobile kitchens for those displaced from their homes, and more. You can learn more about their efforts here. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) created a fund here for those who would like to donate in English.
ShelterBox is also in the area, delivering boxes of tents, lamps, water purifiers and toys to victims.
Global Giving also set up a donation fund, with the goal of $1,000,000, to provide emergency supplies such as food, water, and medicine in additional to longer term assistance.
Save the Children is in Amatrice, working to create safe spaces and support centers for children.
For those in Rome, AVIS, the main blood donation organization in Italy, issued an urgent appeal for blood donations. To give, you can visit your local AVIS location. Travel blogger @_smARTraveller also tweeted out a list of local hospitals with donation centers.
FACEBOOK SAFETY CHECK
Facebook turned on Safety Check, a feature that allows users to either mark themselves as safe or monitor friends and family that are in an area affected by crisis. You can use Safety Check to check on loved ones that either live or are traveling in central Italy. Visit Safety Check here.
Last but certainly not least, show your support and encourage others to give back by posting on social media. Your words can bring great comfort in this difficult time.