The People Of Manchester Are Responding To The Concert Attack With Acts Of Kindness

"Today we're going to stand stronger and taller and get out and do that extra bit of kindness."

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As soon as Jackie Goodwin heard the news of the attack, which has left 22 people dead, she opened her sandwich shop to offer hot drinks and sandwiches to police officers and ambulance staff who had been working through the night to help the victims.

#Manchester the wonderful staff at @SoupremeC are offering hot food & comfort to police & ambulance staff @gmpolice

Goodwin told BuzzFeed News that the ambulance station is just around the corner from her sandwich shop, which means she regularly gets members of the emergency services popping in for a cup of tea.

“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 said.

"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."

Goodwin wasn't the only one. Rabbi Shneur from the Chabad Lubavitch synagogue was handing out coffees to police officers at the cordon around Manchester Arena.

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

"We are Manchester, we stand together," he told BuzzFeed News. "Today we're going to stand stronger and taller and get out and do that extra bit of kindness."

He said of the attack: "It's devastating. There's terrorism going on across the world and it's only through standing together and standing up for what's right that we'll have a world that's beautiful."

He added: "Every race, every religion, every colour, we stand together for kindness and goodness and denounce this terrible act."

Many other people offered food and drinks.

I've seen so much of this today. Been offered so many free sandwiches. Thank you Manchester.

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A restaurant offered curry and rice to emergency services.

Mowgli Manchester will be giving curry and rice to emergency services and police between 2-4pm today- RT

Even the phone store EE offered to let people charge their phones or call a loved ones.

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.

Locals rushed to donate blood to help those severely injured during the attack. Blood services have now said no more donations are needed.

Mancunians answer call to donate blood after Arena bomb attack. One in the queue tells me they're all "throwing the… https://t.co/47C4TNXSS5

A charity offered free counselling to those affected by the incident.

We are offering free counselling to those affected. @TLC_Charity #WeStandTogether #Manchester #ManchesterArena

People of all faiths came together to pray.

A beautiful moment in Manchester. Renee Black, 93, and Sadiq Patel, praying together in Albert Square. She is Jewis… https://t.co/x71RCZo8Yv

Buskers in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens played uplifting songs like All You Need Is Love by The Beatles.

Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens packed with workers on lunch as a busker plays "All You Need Is Love" and "Everythi… https://t.co/1eIbvbJKTx

And people wrote words of support and encouragement in chalk on the pavement.

Local news paper Manchester News launched a crowdfunding page to support the families of the victims of the attack. People around the world donated almost £250,000, including online fashion retailer Boo Hoo, which donated £100,000.

They didn't want a big fuss but @boohoo made a £100,000 donation to #Manchester! Thank you https://t.co/4IGf25Qa7R

Boston Globe sent The Manchester Evening News team several boxes of pizza as a gesture of kindness.

The @BostonGlobe sent us pizza to keep us going. Thanks friends.

It's a tradition for newsrooms to send each other pizza during stressful times. It started during the Boston Bombing in 2013, when the Chicago Tribune sent the Boston Globe 60 pies.

And locals have created various crowdfunding for the young victims of the attack.

PLEASE SHARE, PLEASE DONATE: Memorial Fund for Manchester Arena victim Gina Callander. https://t.co/KwNdT2Uv41 💕

Sikh temples opened their doors to offer free food and accommodation.

Sikh Temples in Manchester, UK offering food & accommodation. They are open for ALL people. #PrayForManchester… https://t.co/3aehTpogi4

Domino's pizza delivered Pizza to surgeons the local hospitals.

A very generous donation from @Dominos_UK Oxford Rd for the amazing @CMFT_Surgery theatres and @CMFTcritcare… https://t.co/oMYgReGIBx

And taxi drivers made signs which read "FREE TAXI IF NEEDED", and offered to take people home, or to the nearest hospital.

The acts of humanity. Taxi drivers taking the injured to hospital & visitors to safety in the city after terrorist… https://t.co/CaR1Io1R4H

Taxis in Manchester are offering FREE rides home for anyone stuck in the Manchester Arena area. Let your friends/family know.

Tattoo artists came up with a creative way to raise money for the family of the victims. On Sunday they'll be tattooing Manchester bees all day.

Sacred Art Tattoo Manchester / Via Facebook: events[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22messaging%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22attachment%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%7D%7D]%22%7D

An estate agent replaced the houses for sale on display with these heartwarming posters.

Our man in #Manchester shows how an estate agent has replaced the houses for sale with simple posters: I ❤️ MCR

Someone made a special frame for Facebook profile photos – a small but meaningful way to help people to show their support.

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And more posters went up around the city centre.

Message for Manchester in city centre streets

In the early hours of the morning, people used the hashtag #RoomForManchester to offer spare rooms. Hotels offered to help in any way they could. On Twitter, Andy Leeman thanked one hotel for looking after his 10-year-old niece and her best friend.

Huge thanks to Ainscow hotel in Manchester for looking after my sister / 10 year old niece and her best friend. 🙌🏻… https://t.co/9Ok1IOzMCv

The day after the attack, students at Chetham's School of Music came together to perform a touching rendition of Oasis' "Don't Look Back In Anger."

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Amber Jordan, a student at the school, told BuzzFeed News the entire community had been brought together.

"Although the disaster has shaken our community, it has brought us together and made us stronger," she said. "We couldn't attend the vigil in Albert Square as we were on lock down, so decided to have our own. Everyone pulled together.

The atmosphere in school was one of unspoken sadness."

Fiona Rutherford is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Fiona Rutherford at fiona.rutherford@buzzfeed.com.

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