By now, you’ve certainly heard a lot about the Boston marathon bombing and the subsequent horror that followed — so far, three people have been confirmed dead and more than 170 have been injured.
It’s hard to comprehend this kind of act of violence. However, many of the images and reports coming out directly after the explosions have been wonderfully positive: between long lists of people offering their homes as shelter to any who needed it, runners and spectators alike running toward, not away, from the blast area and those who needed help, and many other amazing acts of heroism, the stories of which will continue to come out in the upcoming days.
During this tumultuous time, a few key messages have been spreading around the web, and I think they are well worth mentioning and sharing here. Even if you’ve seen it before, the more times messages of hope, love and resilience are seen and shared, the more inspired people will be. Hopefully, it can help to heal the heartache a bit, knowing so many good people exist.
Sometimes it’s just not enough to read about the events and hope for the best. A lot of people, near and far, are stepping up to help those in need. Here are some of the ways you can get involved (thanks to Huffington Post):
- Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have formed The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by Boston Marathon tragedy. Find out how you can get involved here.
- The Red Cross says the best way to help right now is to get in touch with loved ones through its Safe And Well Listings. The organization is not asking for blood donations at this time.
- The Salvation Army has deployed four mobile feeding kitchens and more than 30 volunteers to dispense food, drinks and emotional support in Boston. One canteen is stationed at the Family Assistance Center at the Park Plaza Castle where survivors and first responders are congregating. Find out how you can get involved here.
- Some marathon runners are stranded in Boston and in need of places to stay. Find out how you can offer housing here.
- Anyone with information about the incident can call 1-800-494-TIPS.
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