Alabama cities gather to remember Orlando victims, opportunities to help still available

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Are you stuck in Alabama but want to do something–anything–to help after the terror attack in Orlando?

There are ways to help from home. One way is to come together in solidarity, prayer and remembrance for those affected. Several memorials took place Sunday night, hours after the shooting during the pride festival, but a couple are being held Monday evening.

In addition to vigils, another way to help is to donate blood. In the summer months, blood supplies are critically low. Tuesday is World Blood Donor Day, and the need is highlighted with the Orlando shooting. Each donation can help save three lives.

Details from local events are listed below, and will be updated, If we missed anything, email us at to have an event, vigil or blood drive added to the list.



Monday night, a vigil occurred in Linn Park in Birmingham to mourn the victims in Orlando.

Linn Park, 6-8 PM

Central Alabama Pride said the vigil was historic, as Birmingham City Hall was draped with a rainbow flag for the first time ever. It also featured prayer and music.

Wednesday night, a religious memorial will be held for the victims of the Orlando Massacre.

131 41st St S, Birmingham AL 35222.

More information here.


Monday night in Tuscaloosa, the UA student organizations held a candlelight vigil.

Steps of Gorgas Library on University Blvd, 7:30 PM

Glowsticks and flameless candles opnly, per university rules. The Tuscaloosa community is welcome.


Monday night, Anniston PFLAG held a candlelight vigil.

Oxford Lake, 7:30 PM


Another way to help the victims of the Orlando shooting is to donate blood.


Many local blood banks are accepting donations that can help the Orlando victims.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers are one option. Three Birmingham locations are open Monday:

  • Saint Vincent’s east has a donor center open until 4 p.m.
  • Brookwood Medical Center is also open until 4 p.m.
  • A West Oxmoor Donor Center is open until 7 p.m. Monday night.

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