In the wake of the horrifying tragedy, stories of heroism, big and small, have begun to emerge
On Monday evening, a suicide bomber entered the Manchester Arena shortly after an Ariana Grande concert came to a close. According to police, the cowardice act killed 22 people, mostly children, and injured nearly 60 more.
In the wake of the horrifying tragedy, stories of heroism, big and small, have begun to emerge. On Tuesday, the Independent shared the story of Chris Parker, a 33-year-old homeless man who regularly begs outside the arena after events. He felt the impact of the blast, but rather than running away, he ran in to help as many victims as he could.
“Everyone was piling out, all happy and everything else. As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming,” he described. “I saw a little girl ... she had no legs. I wrapped her in one of the merchandise t-shirts and I said ‘where is your mum and daddy?’ She said ‘my dad is at work, my mum is up there,’” he said. “I haven't stopped crying. The most shocking part of it is that it was a kids’ concert.”
The Blood Service of England was also forced to shut down registration because it had been so overwhelmed by donors that it filled its banks to capacity.
We are not taking registrations due to a high response following last night’s events. We have all the blood require… https://t.co/i3C3lxaib3— GiveBlood 🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ (@GiveBlood 🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️) 1495531966.0
And one smaller, but incredibly powerful, act of kindness grew out of social media: #RoomForManchester.
Immediately following the event, the hashtag began to pop up across social outlets, with people living in the area offering their homes, their phones, or anything anyone may need to reunite with family members and feel safe.
Anyone needing somewhere to stay following tonight's incident in Manchester just get in touch, spare room & hot kettle #RoomForManchester— James Plowright (@James Plowright) 1495494721.0
Spare bed and room for anyone stuck in Manchester tonight, 5minutes away in taxi #roomformanchester 👭👫stick together— Stacey Curley (@Stacey Curley) 1495498634.0
If you need a place to crash l live around the corner from Manchester Arena on Jefferson Place. Feel free to contact me #roomformanchester— Gez B (@Gez B) 1495495011.0
I live 5 mins from the Manchester Arena. I have sofa bed, food/drink and phone chargers if anyone needs any help #roomformanchester— Nick Dolan (@Nick Dolan) 1495499138.0
Beyond rooms, area hotels and taxi drivers also offered their services for free.
Taxis in Manchester are offering FREE rides home for anyone stuck in the Manchester Arena area. Let your friends/family know.— azy (@azy) 1495494927.0
@MENnewsdesk some rooms complimentary available @HotelGotham please call 0161 413 0000 if stranded in the incident #RoomForManchester— Mario de Kerfuffle for PM #FBPE #WHUFC 🔶 (@Mario de Kerfuffle for PM #FBPE #WHUFC 🔶) 1495497382.0
The acts of humanity. Taxi drivers taking the injured to hospital & visitors to safety in the city after terrorist… https://t.co/CaR1Io1R4H— Elaine Willcox (@Elaine Willcox) 1495511453.0
And today, the small acts of heroism continue. As the Manchester Evening News reported, several concert attendees are still missing and their pictures are being circulated on social media using the hashtag #MissingInManchester. Friends and families of those still missing are asking people to retweet and share them in the hope of finding them.
#MissinginManchester - we are doing everything we can to help reunite people, we will RT them all https://t.co/uo7DWrqva5— Manchester News MEN (@Manchester News MEN) 1495502076.0
The Manchester Evening News has also started a donation page to support victims and their families. In less than 24 hours, the page has already raised more than £275,000, but it could use any help to exceed its £300,000 (nearly $400,000) goal.