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7 ways the people of Manchester gave us hope for humanity

May 23 2017, 2:00 PM EDT By Philip Trapp


[Image credit: Instagram]

Residents of Manchester, UK are banding together after the tragic bombing that occurred outside of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday. The attack reportedly killed 22 people and injured 59 others.

Read more: 22 dead, 59 others injured following explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK - UPDATED

A heartening display of human kindness over senseless terror, many are doing everything they can to help others in this time of fear. From businesses staying open extra hours to vigilant citizens locating missing concertgoers on Twitter, these acts of compassion are a welcome encouragement for those affected.

Read more: Musicians react to tragedy at Manchester concert

Here are seven ways the people in Manchester are offering hope in the face of disaster.

Helping those who help others
The Soupreme Sandwich Co. in Manchester stayed open overnight to feed emergency workers on the scene. "I want people to spread the word and let them know that they can stop in and have a brew, or even take it away. Hopefully my message will get through to the people who have not had a brew or a break all night," the store manager told BuzzFeed.

Using social media for good
Social media came into play in a big way in the aftermath of the explosion. People used Twitter to locate lost concertgoers, and Facebook activated the app's "Safety Check" feature in Manchester.

Offering free rides
Many taxi drivers near Manchester Arena turned off their meters when assisting concertgoers fleeing the site of the bombing, offering quick and free transportation to those in need. 

Housing the affected
The #RoomForManchester hashtag helped people offer accommodations to those who couldn't get home. Area hotels reportedly also offered free rooms.

Donating blood
So many people volunteered for blood donations after Monday's attack that England's National Health Service tweeted they had "all the blood required."

Phone charging stations
A nearby cell phone store offered a free, convenient place to charge up for those in Manchester still seeking a missing friend or family member.

City solidarity
Manchester City Council said the city would pull together in wake of the violence: "We will not allow this to divide us. As citizens of Manchester demonstrated last night, as they came out to give support to people whatever their needs, this city will pull together and we will make sure we demonstrate that defiance and the city will go on from strength to strength."

Let us know what acts of kindness you've picked up on in the comments.

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