'Look for the helpers' – Manchester rallies round with acts of kindness

"There are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world."

23 May 2017

In times of crisis, there is a quote that will always surface. It's from the late TV presenter, and American icon, Mr Rogers, and it's shortened to "Look for the helpers".

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"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping'," he said. "To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realising that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world."

When something as devastating as Monday night's attack on Manchester occurs, it can be easy to think that there is nothing good in the world. However, in between and helping to find missing people, social media has been filled with examples of helpers supporting the emergency services, and their community.

It can feel paralysing not to be able to do anything in these circumstances, but it is good for the soul to hear of small kindnesses. So here are some of the kindnesses that have taken place in Manchester in the last hours.

#RoomForManchester saw people and hotels offering up their spare beds

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I live 5 mins from the Manchester Arena. I have sofa bed, food/drink and phone chargers if anyone needs any help

— Nick Dolan (@QHNick)

Even if people didn't take them up on their offer, it's incredibly kind.

This man was certainly grateful of getting somewhere for his charges to sleep.

Huge thanks to Ainscow hotel in Manchester for looking after my sister / 10 year old niece and her best friend. 🙌🏻

— Andy Leeman (@AndyLeeman91)

Cabbies offered their services for free to let people get back to where they needed to be

Anyone stuck in and around Manchester due to last nights atrocity i am a cabbie and more than happy to take yous home safely. DM me.

— Lee Palmer (@leekpee)

Not just Gurudwaras in Manchester offering victims food & accommodation, this Sikh cab driver is offering free taxi service to the needy

— Harjinder Singh Kukreja (@SinghLions)
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And they weren't just from Manchester.

Cabbies from Liverpool drove to to bring people home.

— Clementine Wallop (@CWallop)

As trolls started tweeting about the killer and what his background might be, their comments were dwarfed by news of people from all faiths helping their city.

Before you speculate about those Muslims again, Muslim cabbies and taxi drivers giving free lifts to get ppl safe

— Wajid (@W47id)

Absolutely a muslim driver took me home last night gave me water and charged my phone. Absolutely stars in my eyes.

— Mark (@marktitman)

Sikh Temples in Manchester, UK offering food & accommodation. They are open for ALL people.

— Harjinder Singh Kukreja (@SinghLions)

People have been queuing up to donate blood to Manchester's ongoing drive

A queue has formed outside the Blood Donor Centre in Manchester this morning.

— Daniel Hewitt (@DanielHewittITV)

The NHS blood service tweeted that there is currently enough blood to treat the hospital patients, but that anyone with an appointment for later in the week should do their best to keep it.

If you would like to give blood, please be sure to register first at and book an appointment.

Don't forget the tea – bringing a brew to the police and emergency services still on call

Rabbi bringing tea for police at the cordon. "We are Manchester. We are together"

— Emily Dugan (@emilydugan)

Locals of bringing police officers on patrol food and water and thanking them for all their help following yesterday's attack

— Stevie Young (@SYoungLopez)

Cafes and restaurants in the city also offered free food and drinks to those still out on the streets.

Amazing act of kindness! Free food for emergency services, reporters, police and those still stranded after the attacks. Share!

— Jamilla جميلة (@JamillaTweets)

On a grim day for Manchester... all around there's humanity and kindness

— Clare Fallon (@clarefallon)

Shops even offered free phone charging so people could stay in touch

If anyone in Manchester is looking for a loved one and needs to charge their phone, or use a phone, please use any EE store you find.

— EE (@EE)

Even the hawkers got involved

the people who sell the fake merch outside the venue were giving out shirts and using them as towels for people who were bleeding

— abby *:・゚✧*:・゚✧ (@paIosantos)

And if you need further news of kindness, it turns out that today is the 50th anniversary of when Mr Rogers began his TV show.

In the darkest hours, we need the light of a kind action. And that, Manchester has brought in spades.

A lot of people are sharing this quote after the heartbreak in Manchester. It's also the 50th anniversary of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. 1/

— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican)
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