Acts of kindness in the face of evil #RoomforManchester
We have all been touched by the unforgivable and unspeakable tragedy that befell Manchester on Monday May 22nd. But when confronted with the fear and confusion caused by the suicide bomb attack at the Manchester Arena, ordinary people reacted with unwavering kindness and bravery by helping those in need.
While the emergency services valiantly went into overdrive, locals showed their resilience in the face of evil, offering shelter and transport to those stranded in the city centre last Monday night. Local residents, taxi drivers, hotels and local business owners banded together to offer free rides, accommodations, food, drinks and blood donations to first responders and victims of the blast. There were countless examples of helpers supporting the emergency services, and their community.
#RoomForManchester trended as people immediately reacted offering somewhere to stay to those who couldn’t get home overnight. Many taxi drivers drove into the city to help people get home after public transport networks were shut down. Hotels took in young Ariana Grande fans who had nowhere to stay. In the arena, merchandise sellers acted quickly ripping up T-shirts and tended to those injured by the blast. Homeless people rushed to the area to assist those injured and in need of care. Businesses throughout Manchester provided people with food and support. And there were queues of people waiting to give blood.
In the darkest hours, we need the light of a kind action. And, in the wake of Monday night, Manchester lit up and shone bright. People showed kindness and bravery in the face of unspeakable terror.
Manchester’s new mayor Andy Burnham praised volunteers, saying they show “the true spirit of our city in the face of such devastating tragedy”.
“They gave the best possible immediate response to those who seek to divide us and it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together.”
When something as devastating as Monday night’s attack on Manchester occurs, it can be easy to despair and think that there is nothing good in the world. However, Mancunians pulled together in a display of resilience against terror.
The heart-warming acts of kindness we have seen and heard throughout the week stand tall and proud in the face of evil.