In the wake of yesterday’s heinous tragedy at Yonge St. and Finch Ave., #TorontotheGood is trending on Twitter.
Its aim is to deliver messages of hope, gratitude, and kindness.
So far we know 10 people have been killed and 15 more injured, after a rental van plowed through a group of pedestrians.
Our hearts are with the victims, families, loved ones and all of those who have been impacted by this devastation.
Now, we would like to take a moment to thank all of the first responders.
Thank you to the hospital staff at Sunnybrook Hospital who treated 10 of the victims. Thank you to everyone who was on the scene to help. Thank you to everyone who has helped in the aftermath.
Thank you to the arresting officer who captured the suspect near Yonge St. and Sheppard Ave. No shots were even fired.
We have collected some of the ways people are thanking the calm, courageous, and dedicated actions of our city and first responders. It’s been dark. But our solidarity is the light.
— Jonathan Kingstone (@TorSunCity) April 24, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s cowardly attack in Toronto.
— Ontario Proud (@ontarioisproud) April 24, 2018
ONT’s #police leaders say “Thank you” 2 all #FirstResponders & their everyday heroism in dealing with the #yongeandfinch tragedy. Pls keep the victims & families in UR thoughts & follow @TorontoPolice 4 updates. pic.twitter.com/7tJ3e5qDVy
— The OACP (@OACPOfficial) April 23, 2018
— Nancy Houle (@BusinessLocker) April 23, 2018
Take a moment to consider: #TorontoAttack Accused is arrested, not shot dead, by a police officer who demands 14 TIMES that he get on the ground. Even when the accused indicates he has a gun, asks to be killed, he is apprehended alive. Remarkable. #TorontoTheGood
— Abby Deveney (@abbydeveney) April 24, 2018
What a brave, remarkable policeman, and a source of pride for our great city. "Toronto van attack: The cop who didn’t shoot – https://t.co/zKRmG2MzXl" https://t.co/La3nX2tMYA #Torontostrong #Torontothegood #Torontoattack
— Ali Kashani (@KashaniAli) April 24, 2018
I stand with my city today in praying for the victims and their loved ones, as well as the heroic people of Toronto who witnessed yesterday's incident and helped out as best as they could. #TorontoTheGood
— Kat (@katrinachp) April 24, 2018
INDEED @Scott_Gilmore A fine example of Police Enforcement at #BEST ! Calmer minds/reason prevailed with much to be learned from this #TorontoStong #TorontoTheGood efforts. Extremely PROUD of our grounded 1st Responders who without this atrocity would've been much worse #OhCanada https://t.co/3GrKyCPEUJ
— Debra McArthur (@debmca2) April 24, 2018
— Sheldon Kennedy (@ShelKenn) April 23, 2018
My mind immediately went to a place of worry for those caught up in the chaos of what took place. I thought of all those whose lives were taken & those injured & their friends & families and #FirstResponders. Those who sent texts out of concern who didn't get a reply. (2)
— Hugh Sturdy (@SturdyHugh) April 24, 2018
Want to help?
Sunnybrook Hospital so far has treated 10 of the victims. It has made a call for blood donations since it has the Toronto regional outpost of the Canadian Blood Services. To donate, you can visit blood.ca to find the nearest clinic.
Also, a community-focused outreach group, Canada Zakat, has set up a GoFundMe account for victims of the attack. The funds raised will help pay the funeral expenses for the families of the victims.