Manchester Residents React To Concert Attack By Offering Help On Social Media

Many used the hashtag #RoomForManchester.

People took to social media to offer help and spread the word Monday night after an apparent suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people and injured 59 others. 

Those whose loved ones were missing from the concert shared their photos on social media. In one instance, a young woman whose friend couldn't reach her was found safe. Those she was staying with notified her friend via Twitter. "How amazing is social media," one user remarked.

Meanwhile, hotels in the city, such as the Holiday Inn and Premier Inn, offered to take in children who still needed to be reunited with their parents, and cabs offered free rides to take people home. 

As with previous attacks in cities such as Paris and Nice, a hashtag was created — in this case #RoomForManchester — for people living nearby to announce that their doors were open for anyone who needed a place to stay.

As so often happens when tragedy strikes, people wasted no time showing kindness. Comedian Patton Oswalt summed up this incredible show of generosity by tweeting simply, "Look for the helpers." It's an iconic quote from Mr. Rogers, who said his mother shared the sentiment with him as a child when bad things happened.

"If you look for the helpers," Rogers said, "you'll know that there's hope."

See several examples of helpers in Manchester below:

Cover image: Palis Michalis / Shutterstock.com

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