Thoughts and prayers to those in Boston…. For those who won’t be coming home. Those hurt from the horrific incident. For an entire city. Be strong Boston. The events are still unfolding, but for some, resolution will not come for some time. With a city in mourning, questions unanswered all we can do is provide our support any way possible.
Please help and be careful where your donations are being sent. Many fraudulent organizations have been set up. Below are some noteworthy organizations.
To help address the needs of families and individuals hurt by this horrific incident, I will be donating a percentage of all sales until the end of summer. Please spread the work and help in any way you can, even if just keeping those hurt by this incident in your thoughts and prayers.
One Fund Boston
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston’s Mayor Tom Menino says the city has established ‘One Fund Boston’. “At times like this we are one state, one city and once people,” Governor Patrick said. Boston based insurance company John Hancock has already committed $1 million to the fund, which will raise money for families most affected by the bombings.
Donate to Onefundboston.org
The Red Cross
The Red Cross recommends people download their First Aid app which provides information on how to help in emergency situations.
The Red Cross is on the ground and has mobilized emergency response vehicles and more than 100 trained disaster workers who are providing food, water, medical and emotional care for those affected by the bombings.
Governor Patrick said there is a need for blood on a sustained basis. Anyone wishing to give blood should keep checking with local hospitals and organizations like the Red Cross in the near future to see where the need may be and where to donate.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army deployed canteen trucks to the area to provide food. Officers have been dispatched to assist those in need.
The Salvation Army has established a specific fund for the victims in Boston and you can donate to it here
Boston Children’s Hospital
Ten of the victims were taken to Boston’s Children’s Hospital. The hospital is updating its website with news as it becomes available. Follow @BostonChildrens on Twitter for updates.
The Children’s Hospital website also has useful resources for guidance on how to talk to children after a tragedy.
Donate to Boston’s Children’s Hospital
Adidas Boston Tribute Tee
Adidas has designed a T shirt commending all the Boston first responders, the Boston Athletic Association and all volunteers for their reaction to the events surrounding the bombings. 100% of proceeds from sales of the T shirts will go to the OnefundBoston.org
Richard Family Fund
The Richard Family Fund has been established to help the family of 8 year old Martin Richard, who died in Monday’s bombings. Martin’s mother and sister were also badly injured. Funds will help with the family’s medical expenses and recovery.
Celeste and Sydney Corcoran Recovery Fund
Celeste and Sydney Corcoran were both badly injured in Monday’s blasts. Sydney sustained severe shrapnel injuries and Celeste has had both legs amputated below the knee. Anyone wishing to help the family with the financial burden of this tragedy can donate to a fund in their name.
White Family Fund
3 members of the White family sustained serious injuries in the explosions, and one family member has lost a limb. A fund has been set up through the website ‘Youcaring.com’ to help the family with recovery and rehabilitation.
Jeff Bauman Fund
Waiting to cheer his girlfriend across the finish line, Jeff Bauman was caught in the explosion and suffered the loss of both legs, severe burns and vision damage. A fund has been set up to help Jeff at ‘Youcaring.com’.
Utilize social media
People often turn to Twitter for quick ways to connect. If you are in the Boston area and are looking for organizations seeking volunteers, or if you are far away but want to keep up with ways o help, follow the hashtag #BostonHelp