How to Help Boston and Restore Your Belief in People

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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Kay M.
.4 years ago

Thanks again for this article, I have kept it on the computer so when another tragic thing happens in this world and it does almost every day, I reread how boston acted and reacted to what happen to them, I read all the member comments and it gets me to thinking what can I do now to make this new situation better for me and everyone effected by it. whether it is the republicans trying to take all of our rights from us as American Citizens, or as woman who men just want to keep down, at home and at work. How to rise above all of this hatred and mistreatment all around us. Just like boston we will survive and we will prosper.and most of all we will overcome......period.

Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

Thank you.

Kate S.
Kate S5 years ago

My prayers for those who were affected- and many thanks to those who stepped up to assist. There are good people everywhere, so why don't we the good people start making more of a mark everyday? Pay it forward ONCE a day...tell a friend to ... you just never know who it will touch.

federico bortoletto
federico b5 years ago

Grazie dell'articolo.

Autumn S.
Autumn S5 years ago

thanks for the article

janet T.
janet t5 years ago

When I was studying the Constitution in 9th grade, it became clear that you really can't destroy the US by any means. If our leaders are assassinated, we have a line of succession that leads clear down to the Governors of the various states and perhaps further. If our people are bombed, people step up to help and protect those injured. I believe that if all american flags were destroyed we would be sewing, drawing or painting more the next day. If our all copies of our Constitution were destroyed we would all be writing down all the parts we could remember, on toilet paper if we had to. Nothing, not even the biggest terrorist attack can destroy the US, so relax. Next year the Boston marathon will probably be run to raise money to help the victims of this year's Boston marathon, and people will be watching on the sidelines.

Vicky H.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thank you Fred Rogers, Rest in Peace.
Prayers for Boston.

Nessie Benjamin
Nessie B5 years ago

Thank you.....

Robert H.
Robert Hamm5 years ago

I am frequently up in my grandkids schools. I see NO HATE being taught. Maybe you should turn off Fox. There are of course isolated cases of questionable information being broadcast. But thats been happening since schools began.

These boys hate has NOTHING to do with what they learned HERE, And Obama isn't why they bombed in Boston.

Judy Boyko
Judy Boyko5 years ago

Our government let us down with the bombing in Boston! They seem to overlook all the signs this guy was here to do evil to America. We get patted down and felt up at airports, we have to take our shoes off, not carry liquids over a certain size etc and we overlook those who are terriorist right in front of us in plain sight. All the signs were overlooked. Who would have thought a terriorists here would us a pressure cooker! Well they did! No one was watching this guy and his brother. Not many were killed in the attack but many were injured for life and it should have been prevented. No it wasnt a gun that did it or a plane it was pressure cookers, are we going to outlaw them! Wake up America we are under attack by those who hate us yet use us for their dirty deeds. Since 9/11 we became lax as to our safety. There are those among us home grown or not who hate America but the thing I dont understand this hat is taught in our schools, in our learning institutions by the teachers who seem to also hate us and are teaching the young to hate us right here in their own country. We seem to overlook that hate taught. Young minds are being taught America is a terrible place. Look who is leading the hate, our great leader himself! We just arent brave enough to say it outloud and want to ignore the signs....