Acts of Love and Kindness
Acts of love and kindness from across the nation and beyond have showered our community since that fateful day in June 2016. To continue in this effort, we invite you to join the One Orlando Alliance during the third year of our #ActLoveGive movement, launching on Thursday, April 25 and culminating on Orlando United Day, Wednesday, June 12.
During these 49 days, we will be sharing information on special events, tips on mental health and wellness and acts of love and kindness carefully curated from the families of the victims, as well as survivors of the Pulse Tragedy. Follow and engage with us on Facebook and Instagram.
How can you help?
- ACT. Do something to help others in our community. This could be by volunteering for nonprofit in the community or simply doing something nice for someone with the intention of love and kindness. Visit the Act page for more ideas on how you can make Central Florida a better place through your acts of love and kindness.
- LOVE. Spread the love by sharing your stories, photos and videos of why you Act, Love, or Give on social media using the hashtag #ActLoveGive. Our signature #ActLoveGive photo cards are also available in the digital toolkit – simply download, write in with whatever compels YOU to Act, Love or Give and share with whomever you see fit.
- GIVE. This year, we are spotlighting a focus on Mental Health and Wellness. Show your generosity and kindness by donating to one of our mental health partners in an effort to make sure access to these important services continues to be available in our community.
Thank you for your consideration in helping grow this movement. Whether here in Central Florida, or around the world, showing love and kindness is something we all have the power to do.
Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness
June 12 is known as Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness. The day is dedicated to honoring the memory of the 49 taken, supporting survivors and recognizing the compassion and love displayed by our community. The historical day is supported collaboratively by the City of Orlando, Orange County Government, Orlando United Alliance and Pulse owner Barbara Poma. Join our movement. Email us today to learn how you can help us create a safe and welcoming community for all.
2019 Remembrance Week Community Events
Listed below are events scheduled in June to remember and honor all affected by the June 12, 2016 tragedy.
Provincetown Community Compact’s Prayer Ribbon Installation
June 7-16 at Orlando City Hall Plaza
City residents and visitors are encouraged to join the prayer ribbon community by adding a person to honor and/or a message to a ribbon. A table will be placed in the City Hall Rotunda with forms for people to write messages and mail it to the Provincetown Community Compact.
Sea to Sea Flag
Orange County Government Building
June 7 to June 17, 2019
Orange County will unfurl Section 93 of the Sea to Sea Flag on Friday, June 7 and will be on display through Monday, June 17. The Sea to Sea Flag has become a global symbol of the LGBTQ+ movement and symbolizes acceptance, understanding, solidarity and inclusion.
Honor Them With Action
From June 8 – 16, join folks at events nationwide to support the LGBTQ+ / Latinx communities in honor of those taken from us at Pulse nightclub. Or take personal actions of support and tag it online with #HonorThemWithAction.
CommUNITY Rainbow Run
Wadeview Park – 2177 South Summerlin Ave
On Saturday June 8, 2019 the onePULSE Foundation will host the CommUNITY Rainbow Run in partnership with the DeVos Sports Business Management Program at UCF. An established 4,000 runners and walkers will join us at Wadeview Park for a 4.9K, kid’s fun
run and commUNITY festival. The race is in honor of all affected by the Pulse tragedy and the course goes by the Pulse Interim Memorial site. We encourage company team participation. Prizes will be given for the largest group, furthest traveled and best theme. Registration is $49 if done by June 7, $60 the day of. Proceeds raised benefit the onePULSE Foundation.
Love & Kindness on the Lawn
Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center – Seneff Plaza – 445 South Magnolia Avenue
Sunday June 9, at 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate community with food trucks and live music from 12:30-1:30pm. The “Human Heart “photo opportunity begins at 1:30pm and comes to completion with a group loving kindness meditation on the lawn. Photos and video captured at this event will be used for a video to be released on June 12th. There will be #OrlandoUnited giveaways and plenty of opportunities for each person to express why they #ActLoveGive.
Ringing of the Bells “49 Bells”
First United Methodist Church – 142 East Jackson Street
Wednesday, June 12 at Noon
On June 12, 2019 bells will toll 49 times in unison around the world (noon, local time) as a tribute to the victims taken during the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. Mothers of the victims are calling upon churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and businesses to join them by tolling their bells and showing solidarity with messages of love and kindness on their public signs. Those who wish to attend the Official Orlando Event are asked to be at First United Methodist Church by 11:45am as the reading and bells begin promptly at 12pm.
Annual Pulse Remembrance Ceremony
Pulse Interim Memorial – 1912 South Orange Avenue
Wednesday, June 12 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Together we gather at the Pulse Interim Memorial in an hour of remembrance and tribute to you the 49 lives taken, all the affected survivors and first responders who cared for them.
Love Speaks: Artistic Responses to the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy
Orlando Regional History Center – 65 East Central Blvd
To date, Orange County’s History Center has collected more than 6,000 pieces, curated from the memorials throughout Central Florida. This exhibit is open from June 1 – September 22, 2019.
Recordemos Our 49
Joy Metropolitan Community Church 2351 S. Fern Creek Ave
Saturday, June 8 6:30 p.m.
Join Joy MCC as they come together to remember and honor those taken from our community on June 12, 2016. All are welcome. Acompañanos a honrar la memoria de quienes perdieron sus vidas el 12 de junio de 2016. Invitamos a toda la comunidad a ser parte de este momento de reflexión.
Public Reflective Spaces
Pulse Interim Memorial
1912 South Orange Avenue
Establishing a sanctuary of healing and a beacon of hope by memorializing the lives taken, the lives saved and all the lives affected by the Pulse Nightclub tragedy of June 12, 2016 – ensuring Pulse’s legacy of love lives on forever. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
820 North Ferncreek Avenue
Open from Sunup to Sundown Meditation labyrinths are used as a path for healing. Intentional walking in a quiet place on a set path allows for a level of focus and release. The Colonialtown labyrinth had been planned, but the names of the Pulse victims and the fractured heart were added at the request of the Colonialtown neighborhood association. The labyrinth was constructed with Capital Improvement Funds from Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan’s budget.
Lake Beauty Drive
The forty-nine limestone pavers feature the names of the 49 Angels lost in the Pulse Nightclub tragedy, just around the corner from the hospital. The pavers have been placed in a circular design around the hospital’s entryway fountain, forming a memorial garden at Lake Beauty Park on the Orlando Health campus.
Acts of Love and Kindness in the News
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