Local organizations sending support to Orlando

A rainbow flag is draped across Birmingham City Hall after 49 lives were taken in the Orlando nightclub shooting. (CBS42/Chris Womack)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Central Alabama is extending their support to Orlando through cards and artwork.

The organization, Central Alabama Pride, will be collecting tokens of encouragement from the community that will be sent to Orlando Pride. The drive is running until June 20th. There will be drop off locations throughout the Birmingham area.

One of those locations received a hateful message that read “If they wasn’t gay they’d be alive”.

“Would you say that to the children of Sandy Hook? If you weren’t children, you’d be alive.” says Kyle Pugh with Central Alabama Pride.

On the first side of the note card, the person scribbled out what they had written and rewrote the message on the back.

“This person was trying to strike fear and terror in not only our community, but our entire society as Americans” says Pugh.

Despite the note, Central Alabama Pride expects to get thousands of other positive messages.

“We just want to step up and say we are with you, we are standing with you” says Destiny Clark.

The Alabama community is quickly sending support. Once local woman is selling t-shirts. Here is a link to that webpage: http://bit.ly/1PuCOBA.  All of the proceeds go to Orlando Pride.

Generation Dog in Homewood is donating 100 percent of their pride pet profits to those affected. You can find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/gendog

“We are sending these messages to not only LGBT Orlando, but also just the people of Orlando” says Pugh.

You can drop off “Letters of Hope” for Orlando at the following locations:

  • Hattie B’s
  • Al’s on Seventh
  • Quest Club
  • Our Place Lounge
  • Spikes
  • Birmingham AIDS Outreach
  • Magic City Wellness Center/ Magic City Acceptance Center
  • Glam Salon Vestavia
  • AIDS Alabama
  • Ashley Bruette Nationwide Agency Hoover
  • Silvertron Café Forrest Park
  • PFLAG Anniston
  • Arlington Properties
  • All- State Doug Baker 280
  • Sola Salon Hoover
  • Sally Beauty Supply Leeds
  • Joe’s Crab Shack 280
  • Starbucks (throughout town)
  • The Abbey Avondale

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