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Bastille Day attacks in Nice, France: How to help

People gather around a makeshift memorial to pay tribute to the victims of an attack in the French Riviera city of Nice on July 15, 2016, a day after when a man rammed a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people.
People gather around a makeshift memorial to pay tribute to the victims of an attack in the French Riviera city of Nice on July 15, 2016, a day after when a man rammed a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people.
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France continues to mourn after an attack during Bastille Day celebrations Thursday night killed 84 people, injured more than 200 people and left another 25 on life support. 

For those looking to support the survivors and families of victims, there are a number of ways you can contribute.

Donate

Give for France is a fundraising campaign by the Foundation for France, the country's largest philanthropy network. Donations will go toward psychological assistance and legal and financial support to families of the victims as well as others who were affected by the attack.

You can donate through their website or contribute $10 by texting "NICE" to 20222. 

The French Red Cross mobilized to the scene of the emergency, setting up two reception centers for victims and families. The organization is collecting donations that it says will be used to support its ongoing response and relief efforts. 

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, an organization dedicated to providing more effective philanthropy in disaster situations, established a fund on CrowdRise to help the families of those who died in the attack, provide emergency services for the injured and support those who witnessed the tragedy. 

There's also a GoFundMe campaign for the two known Americans who have died in the attacks, Sean and Brodie Copeland of Texas.

The United Nations has also set up a site to support victims of terrorism around the world. It includes a directory of organizations that provide specific services to those affected by terrorist acts. 

Websites like Charity Navigator offer info about the finances and transparency of organizations you are considering donating to. It also lists a number of fake charities that have been spotted. 

Give blood

As of Friday morning, France had met its needs for blood donations, according to the French National Blood Service. But if you or someone you know is in France and would like to keep track of blood donation centers for the coming days, the agency has a handy interactive map

Help find missing persons in France

Social media users have been following the Twitter account @nicefindpeople to spread the word about missing loved ones in France and share information.  

If you are trying to find a missing U.S. citizen in France, you can try and locate them through the U.S. State Department's Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or at (202) 647-5225. 

France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also has a hotline for missing persons inquiries: +011 (33) 145503460

Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature for those in France to let friends know they're out of harm's way. You can also use that to check in with people you know in the area. 

Offer shelter or other help to survivors

The Twitter hashtags #PortesOuvertesNice ("Open Doors Nice") and #PorteOuverteNice have also emerged as ways to connect survivors or people displaced by the attack in Nice with people opening their homes as temporary shelters or offering other kinds of assistance on the ground.

WARNING! KPCC has not vetted these hashtags or the users who launched them. Be wary of hoaxes, false information and security risks when interacting with strangers on social media. Users are encouraging each other not to share addresses on their public accounts but to send them privately through direct messages.