Overwhelming is the only way to describe the outpouring of support from around the world in response to the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy.
The Humboldt Broncos have now created a website for those who want to reach out and express their condolences.
Countless communities, companies, organizations and hockey teams are also doing their part to support the Broncos players and families by hosting fundraising events and donating proceeds.
Feeling helpless in grief, many people may be asking what they can do to help.
1. Donate to Humboldt Broncos GoFundMe
After starting out with a very modest goal of $100,000 on Saturday, the original GoFundMe page set up to support the Humboldt Broncos players, family and the team itself quickly moved into the millions. By Wednesday, the campaign had raised more than $8.4 million dollars with donations coming from more than 600,000 people or groups from 60 countries around world.
2. Give Blood: Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services clinics across the province saw a 120 to 150 per cent spike in people donating blood on Saturday. Their appointments are now booked solid for the next two weeks. But you can go online to find a blood clinic near you.
When the news spread about Broncos player Logan Boulet’s organs being donated to save up to six lives, it inspired more people across the country to register as organ donors. In Saskatchewan, people can sign an organ donor card and attach a sticker to their health card however, organs will only be donated with the consent of next of kin, so it’s important to talk to your family about your wishes.
People can also learn more about becoming a living donor by donating tissue or a non-vital organ.
The SJHL announced a mental health assistance program for all of the players in the league who are grieving the loss of fellow players. Donations will go towards mental health assistance and counselling programs. Any additional money raised will be put into an education fund in memory of the players who died.
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has partnered with the league and will be matching donations up to $500,000. People can also make donations at local Co-op Stores.
People who want to show their support by wearing the Broncos colours can buy custom clothing from 22Fresh with proceeds going toward the SJHL Assistance.
The Wounded Warriors organization provides support for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It has now set up a separate fund to provide mental health support first responders who were directly involved in the Humboldt bus tragedy.