ORLANDO, Fla. – The One Orlando Alliance has created a movement that challenges members of the community and people across the globe to honor those who have been impacted by the Pulse tragedy by doing something good for someone else on Orlando United Day.
June 12 is Orlando United Day, a day dedicated to honoring the memory of the 49 lives taken in the mass shooting at the nightclub last year. The One Orlando Alliance has used the hashtag #ActLoveGive with its Acts of Love and Kindness movement to encourage people to do something kind Monday as a way to say "Thank you" to those who stood with the Orlando community as it mourned in the days following the shooting.
Community members are encouraged to act by lending a hand and getting involved through volunteering with nonprofits.
The nonprofit organization Clean the World, which collects and recycles soap and other hygiene products thrown away by companies, has 100 volunteers registered to build 4,900 hygiene kits Monday. The kits made up of soap and lotion will be sent to charities both in the Orlando area and worldwide, including countries where some of the 49 victims were from.
Clean the World's Rob Keefe said it's the least the community can do to help the families affected and the city itself heal after the unspeakable tragedy.
“I think its gonna bring maybe people that didn’t know how to do something or really give back. I think it offers them an opportunity that they can be involved and I think it's only gonna be more togetherness for the city,” Keefe said.
The nonprofit's hygiene kit project is only one of more than dozens of ways people are planning to get involved Monday. For a full list of community service opportunities, visit the One Orlando Alliance's "Act" page.
People are being encouraged to love by reading stories of community compassion and sharing stories of their own on the One Orlando Alliance's "Love" page.
The alliance has also prepared a list called "49 Acts of LOVE," which is made up of ways that the parents of the 49 said they would like to see love and kindness shown on June 12.
The community is being challenged to show generosity and kindness through giving. People can give in a number of ways, including blood and monetary donations.
To see the full list of ways the One Orlando Alliance has encouraged people to give, visit its "Give" page.
The alliance expressed its gratitude for the support shown to the community in the days following the tragedy and challenged others to commit to doing good.
"Doing good feels good so whether you ACT, LOVE, or GIVE, you will be showing the world that you love Orlando and stand with us as we continue to heal," the One Orlando Alliance said.
News 6 is encouraging the community to get results and continue showing its unity on Orlando United Day by choosing to act, love or give in honor of the 49 we lost.