Last night, thousands of people attending a concert in Manchester forever had their lives altered. The world was shaken with the news of an explosion following Ariana Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena.
The explosion, as of now being called a suicide bombing, has so far claimed the lives of 22 people and injured over 60 others. But what the tragedy didn’t do was break the spirit of the Manchester community.
TWEETS FROM RESIDENTS
Within minutes, residents sprung into action, using the hashtag #RoomForManchester on Twitter to reach out to those in need. The hashtag users asked anyone affected by the bombing to contact them via direct message to they could coordinate a safe space for them.
The Chicago Tribune collected some of the tweets:
If you need a bed, a cup of tea, a charged phone etc. – I’m 15 mins from Manchester Arena. DM me, they’re open! #RoomForManchester – Rachel Ellis (@rachelkellis) May 22, 2017
Anyone needing a lift/place to stay from the Manchester Arena, tweet #roomformanchester Retweet and get this trending to help. – Cal (@Panayisalad) May 22, 2017
I have a sofa, floor, blankets and tea, 5 minutes from Arena for anyone in need
If you need a place to crash I live around the corner from Manchester Arena.
HOTELS AND TRANSPORTATION
Holiday Inn reached out to offer free hotel rooms for those in need, and other hotels in the area sheltered children and helped reunite them with their frantic parents. Taxis offered free rides throughout the night.
Anyone needing a place to stay we have rooms at the Holiday Inn Manchester West. Contact to hotel on 0161 7430080 #roomformanchester – Danny McMenemy (@Dan_McMenemy) May 22, 2017
LOCATING A MISSING PERSON
One person even took to Twitter to ask for help locating her friend who had traveled from Scotland on her own for the concert. The Sun shares the Twitter feed which eventually led to her discovery.
People near the arena sprung into action during the chaos by opening their doors and letting scared concert-goers into their homes. They also brought coffee, food and other necessities to first responders.