It seems like something that occurs 4,500 miles away from us would not affect us. Nothing is further from the truth. A series of terror attacks erupted in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, leaving an estimated 129 people dead, 352 people seriously injured and a nation and world in sorrow. Americans are shocked and saddened by the recent tragic events in Paris, France.
Local area businesses have responded to recent terrorist attacks in Paris by raising money and relief. Perfect Vodka, a Palm Beach Gardens-based company with a French distillery, announced plans Sunday to raise money for the French Red Cross. Owner and CEO, Dennis Cunningham, said the company would donate $3 or $5 — depending on bottle size — to the French, Red Cross Relief Organization for the duration of November. Perfect vodka owner, Cunningham, stated, “This will absorb most of our profit margin, but goodness, what happened is so tragic.”
The Avocado Grill, located at 125 Datura Street, West Palm Beach, is owned and operated by French born and trained chef, Julien Gremaud. Gremaud, who was born in Saint-Tropez, contributed 5 percent of Sunday’s sales to help those in Paris affected by Friday’s terrorist attacks. Sunday is their busiest day and “paying it forward” was the right thing to do. Many patrons were happy to donate after seeing a sign adorned with a French flag with the Eiffel Tower in the center, promoting the fundraiser for the French, Red Cross Relief Organization.
France has declared a state of emergency following the attacks and has given itself three days of national mourning. One American woman is among the dead, and two other Americans have been reported among the injured. Those concerned about U.S. citizen in Paris can call 1-888-407-4747 (in US) or 202-501-4444 (overseas) for assistance.
Millions, including Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, took to social media to express condolences for the victims and pray for peace in Paris, as a peace sign featuring the Eiffel Tower became a symbol of solidarity with the people of Paris. The Red Cross: The French Red Cross has announced it already has hundreds of volunteers on the ground working with the victims and their families. You are able to donate here., to The Red Cross, which aids in emergencies across the world. Though currently you cannot donate directly to the French Red Cross, you can contribute online to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which includes the French chapter.