You have likely heard about the tragic news of last night. A gunman opened fire in a movie theater screening The Dark Knight Rises premiere in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and wounding 38 at the last report.
As geeks who were looking forward to the last film in Nolan's Batman trilogy, many of us were also in movie theaters when the shooting occurred. It is hard for us to wrap our minds around the circumstances.
Our hearts are with the families and friends of the victims, and the entire community of Aurora--but we'd like to do something more to help.
So today we donated $1,000 to the chapter of the Red Cross local to the Aurora shooting, and we hope you'll consider doing the same. Every little bit helps.
3:50pm update: Other ways to help!
The folks behind Denver Comic-Con are putting together a candelight vigil on Sunday, and they're working with the Mental Health America of Colorado to provide grief counseling during the vigil. They're also working on fundraising efforts, so keep an eye on their tweets for more news.
If you're local to Denver and the Aurora area, you're encouraged to give blood--actually, no matter where you are, now's a good time to be reminded that blood banks could always use your donation. The Bonfils Blood Center in Colorado sounds booked for today, but you can set up an appointment.
Denver magazine and website 5280 has some helpful information for Denver locals, including a crisis counselor hotline (Aurora Mental Health Center, 303-617-2300) and community gatherings scheduled for tonight and this weekend.
7/25 update: Yet more ways to help!
As more time has passed, more ways to help have been made available. Such as Giving First which has an extensive list of charities that are doing amazing things for the Aurora shooting victims and their families.
If you have more suggestions or ideas for helping Aurora, comment it up below!