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Ever since the June 14 blaze in Grenfell Tower in West London, there has been an outpouring of support from the community, as people and charities rushed to help the families affected by the blaze. On social media, too, Londoners shared information on how people from across the UK could provide assistance to the fire’s victims.
In the days immediately following the fire in Grenfell Tower, the primary emphasis was on collecting necessary items – such as toiletries, blankets and water – for all the families left homeless by the blaze. Mosques, temples and churches all started collecting items and established collection points for people to bring whatever they could.
For example, St. Clements Church, located near to the tower, became an unofficial evacuation and support center. St. James’ Church, too, became a local collection point. This was a tragedy that united people of all religious faiths. Members of the Sikh community showed up at the tower at 5:00 am on the day after the blaze handing out food and water.
Many collection points said that they were “overwhelmed” by all the donations. In response, new collection points began to appear without any official support from the government. For example, a local rugby club – the Rugby Portobello Club – began collecting supplies and necessary items for the families.
Everyday Londoners, too, began to open up their homes to those needing shelter. In some cases, they were posting information on social media (both Twitter and Facebook) on how displaced families could contact them if they needed a place to stay.
And that outpouring of support online also showed up with the creation of online crowdfunding pages with the goal of raising money to help the families. In some cases, such as the Get West London crowdfunding page on Just Giving, initial fundraising targets were hit within hours rather than days or week.
On Facebook, people were cutting and pasting information about how to donate to the victims and then sharing it with friends and families. As more people shared this information via Facebook, it began to appear in more and more newsfeeds, ensuring that as many people as possible knew about the relief efforts for the Grenfell Tower victims.
British celebrities also became part of the support efforts. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who runs a restaurant (Jamie’s Italian) around the corner from the tower block, donated free food and water to the victims of the blaze. On Instagram, Jamie Oliver posted that he would be handing out free food to any of the hundreds of families impacted by the blaze. British tennis star Andy Murray soon announced that he would be donating prize money to help the victims of the blaze.
The British government, too, has established a large compensatory fund to help the victims. Prime Minister Theresa May also announced that everyone who had lost their homes would be re-housed in the borough or neighboring boroughs, as close as possible to Grenfell Tower, within three weeks.
The people and charities involved in raising money and donations for the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze are just further proof of the generosity of Londoners, all saddened by the unprecedented loss of life from one of the worst tragedies in their city in nearly a century.