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Jul
20
2012

Helping Aurora

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.

There are also drives gathering money to help individual victims with their medical expenses, such as Caleb Medly's fundraising site and an IndieGoGo to help Petra Anderson.

If you have more suggestions or ideas for helping Aurora, comment it up below!

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Comments

meaningless icon! Simply awesome! Great thought and my prayers go out to the families, too!
riversen said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is yet another reason I love ThinkGeek. Many thoughts & prayers to Aurora.
XombieWhisker said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! Good for you, crazy monkeys! I love ya! I think I will organize a special donation, too!
emtpej said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! Makes me proud to be constantly spending my money with you!
dptalia said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! TG, you're the best. This is why I keep coming back to you. You take "community" to heart! (I wish you could send little Timmys to the younglings that were hurt.)
goblynn said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! Goblynn, If there's anyone working on outreach directly with those families, we'd be happy to pitch in some goodies to help make those children smile! They can email webmonster@thinkgeek.com and we'll follow up.
CarrieGouldin said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! Thank you. My Son-in-law still has a friend unaccounted for, and although I'm thankful my OWN kids are safe... *sigh*
pms911 said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! Hugs to you guys. While I'm in Colorado Springs and safe from the massacre, I have friends who were in that theater - one from their group is missing (though I've not met him, I don't think) - but the rest of them are physically OK. :/ From all us Coloradoans, we really appreciate your help.
aeryn21 said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is why I love think Geek.
TobyS said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! Just another reason for me to love this company. I live in Colorado and know people affected by this. Thanks for all of your support.
historybrat said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! Colorado Thanks You!!
Chassevie said this 824 days ago.
meaningless icon! <3
mtgordon said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! Hopefully WB will take down their DKR website for a few days and post a memorial to the victims. Not something you can do on a moments notice I know but they should show a little compassion for the victims. On a related note, WB should pay for the care of the shooting victims. No lawyer BS about how they weren't to blame - just take a small portion of the box office take and take care of your customers. I would be incredibly loyal to the WB brand if they did.
weirdal1968 said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wish there was something I could do to help Aurora. ThinkGeek, can i donate my points so you can send goodies to the families?
TechmomTG said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! Is there a way we could maybe send messages of solidarity to the batman fans and other community members in Aurora? It'd be nice to let them know the whole geek world is thinking of them.
demeterschild said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! <3!
JenRyu said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! I have been seeing this Facebook post around about someone trying to Christian Bale's attention and see if he would consider helping out by dressing as Batman and then visiting the victims in the hospital. Honestly, if we could get any of the cast members to show up in the hospital it would make the victim's days. I am extremely saddened by what happened in Aurora and can't imagine what it feels like.
xstArr83x said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! They did post Christopher Nolan's statement on the home page at least.
Smiling Kevin said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! <3 TG. donated.
nerdlett said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm so glad you guys at think geek are putting effort towards helping the victims of this tragedy. You prove yourself to be an amazing organization more and more, and while I do not currently have the means to participate in these relief efforts, I applaud you support these efforts all the way.
WWBHD said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! First I want to thank everyone who sent their well wishes. While I do not live in the Aurora area I am a lifetime Colorado resident. I wanted to expand on Carrie’s post on how to help. I Give First (www.igivefirst.com) is a nonprofit organization that is collecting donations for not only the theater shootings, but for a wide range of federally registered charities. Bonfills Blood Center is an excellent place to donate both blood and plasma. The have stated they already fill the need generated by this disaster but I want to encourage everyone to donate anyway. One can find a local center or a mobile drive in your area by visiting www.bonfils.org, currently O- and A- are in greatest need and those with those types should seriously consider donating regularly. Last I want to say that people should not be afraid to go and see this movie or go to theaters in general, do not let fear cripple you. “Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.” – Jedi Master Yoda
Caladar said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! You make me proud to be a Geek.... I knew there was a reason I love you guys.
Cubanita Geek said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! I donated some cash to the Red Cross (Aurora) yesterday and I'm so glad to hear TG has done the same. Like everyone else who has already said it, this is just another reason for me to love you guys. Thank you for being so awesome.
libzombie said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! Thanks, ThinkGeek, for being a shining example of what being a great company is all about. You all are an inspiration. Thank you!
AliaGL said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! There's a bit of a movement happening online to try and get Christian Bale to visit the victims in the hospital dressed as Batman to show some support and remind them that it's not just bad guys who're real. If anyone's interested in helping out with that, there are a couple of facebook pages associated with it. http://www.facebook.com/ChristianBalePleaseVisitTheKids and http://www.facebook.com/BatmanSavestheDay .
Oriqui Feredir said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! My heart goes out to Colorado in the form of a flying tech monkey. God Bless you ThinkGeek.
BLUEthefish said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! A fantastic idea posted to Facebook, I think it would be great if possible, just trying to spread word of the idea:) http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/578856_362961717106788_312170028_n.jpg
Caseyisfamous said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! I wish I could donate blood, but since I've lived in Europe, the Red Cross is concerned I might be carrying mad cow. x( When I get paid, I'll try my best to donate some bux.
DanTheMan1077 said this 823 days ago.
meaningless icon! ThinkGeek will always be my favorite merchant because you clearly care about more than just the money! You behave like real human beings, geek or not! Thank you for setting a great example.
Bindol61 said this 822 days ago.
meaningless icon! My fiance says that you should contact the local girlscout chapter if you're interested in helping the kids who were hurt. Apparently they often go to hospitals and help children who are recovering feel better. Her troop donated "feel better bags" of toys, books and other goodies to the kids at several local hospitals more than once.
AJTwombly said this 822 days ago.
meaningless icon! I love people who are geeks like me so I will put them in my prayers.
Panda1023 said this 822 days ago.
meaningless icon! I thank them all for helping them out
Panda1023 said this 822 days ago.
meaningless icon! My heart goes to the families and all those who have been affected by this horrible tragedy. Thoughts of hope and healing from all of us geeks in Iceland.
IceMaddy said this 822 days ago.
meaningless icon! TG u are so awesome!Even more now that u are helping the victims of this terrible tragedy!
spongebob1015 said this 818 days ago.

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