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Verizon offering text donations to support Orlando Pulse victims

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Verizon Wireless is giving customers an easy way to help victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

With more than 170,000 employees worldwide, Verizon Communications Inc. released a statement Friday expressing its heartfelt sympathies to all of the friends and families of the victims from Sunday’s Pulse nightclub shooting.

For any Verizon Wireless customer wanting to help the victims and their families, they can easily donate to the OneOrlando Fund created earlier this week by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

To support OneOrlando, simply text the word ORLANDO to 501501 and $10 will be added to the user’s Verizon Wireless bill upon confirmation with the billing ZIP code.

OneOrlando was set up to respond to the needs of Orlando’s community, now and in the time to come, after a gunman opened fire early Sunday inside Pulse, a crowded gay nightclub. At least 49 people are dead and 53 wounded in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“Our City has just begun to recover from the impact of the Pulse tragedy,” Dyer said. “The support of major cellphone providers, like Verizon, sends a signal to our City that we are not in this alone. The money we are raising will provide a way to help us respond to the needs of our community. Words cannot begin to express how grateful we are for the outpouring of support from across the globe.”

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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