It’s impossible for our hearts not to be with our Ohio State University community today, after a senseless act of violence sent multiple people to the hospital, canceled class, and terrorized a campus and community.
When tragedy strikes, you probably want to know what, if anything, you can do. The single most important we believe you can do is to follow the guidance and instructions of university public safety officials at this time. They’ve done a great job so far, and we don’t want to accidentally make their jobs harder. If your residence hall is on lockdown, please honor that.
Beyond that, one thing that we might recommend you do is give blood. Giving blood saves lives, both after traumatic events like this, and also for more everyday patients.
If you are in the Columbus area, there are multiple Red Cross donation centers. The closest to Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus would be one located downtown, at One Nationwide Plaza, but other centers are in Gahanna, Newark, Lewis Center, and elsewhere.
If we become aware of other ways to help our community at this time, we’ll share them with you. If you’re able though, please consider making a blood donation.
If there are any additional support resources made available or anyone has any other constructive suggestions on how we can make Ohio State (and Columbus) better for us all, let us know in the comments below or on social media.