After Bombing, Manchester Residents Show Us All the Meaning of Unity

Acts of kindness are happening all over the city.

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After an attack that left 22 dead and 50 injured (opens in new tab) at an Ariana Grande concert, Manchester residents came together in a show of unity that rivals any hate. Food and drinks were offered to emergency responders, beds and homes offered up to those who needed somewhere to stay, and taxi rides given for free to those just trying to get home.

Jessica Goodwin, who owns and operates a sandwich shop near the ambulance station, offered up free food and drink to those responding and helping:

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"I know all their faces, and I know they must've been up all night, and I know they would've normally come into my shop," she told BuzzFeed News (opens in new tab). "I want people to spread the word and let them know that they can stop in and have a brew, or even take it away. Hopefully my message will get through to the people who have not had a brew or a break all night."

Other similar acts began to roll in, including this rabbi who offered coffee to those at the scene:

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"Every race, every religion, every colour, we stand together for kindness and goodness and denounce this terrible act," he told BuzzFeed.

And a phone store chain offering charging for phones:

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Free counseling:

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Sikh temples opened their doors:

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And taxis just tried to get people home:

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Lastly, the hashtag #RoomforManchester let people know where they could stay if they needed—both hotels and residents opened up their homes and beds to those who needed somewhere to sleep.

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Our faith in humanity might not be at an all time high, but this sure helps to restore it. Our thoughts are with all those who are suffering.

Samantha Leal
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Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.