Boston Marathon Explosions: How You Can Help

America has come together in the wake of the Boston Marathon attack. Below are ways you can get involved and show your support.

boston marathon explosions - find out how you can help

A child is comforted after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

is a contributing writer for TakePart and Participant Media’s former Director of Digital Social Action.

The attack on the Boston Marathon left three people dead and over 170 more injured. You can support the victims and their families through the links below.

DONATE

*Donate to The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to support those most affected by the April 15 bombings. Give online or send a check to:

One Fund Boston, Inc.
800 Boylston Street #990009
Boston, MA 02199

*Razoo features several online fundraisers in support of Boston Marathon runners. Many of these are the original campaigns set up by runners weeks before the event. You can still support their efforts and those causes.

*Funds are being initiated to support individual victims, including Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs after the blast and helped identify the suspects, and Roseann Sdoia, a marathon spectator who had one leg amputated below the knee. Other individual donation pages: Celeste & Sydney Corcoran, Christian Williams and Caroline Reinsch, Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky, and Rose Mahoney. Here's a full list of fundraisers from GoFundMe in support of Boston Marathon bombing victims.

*TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good), a project of the Boston technology community, has set up a fund in support of victims. All donations will go to the Red Cross, the Boston Children's Hospital, and other groups working with victims of the explosions. Donate here.

*The RYOT Foundation has set up a Boston Marathon Victims Fund to support victims and their families. Donate here.

*Support the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services. If you're looking for a secular way to support relief, Atheists Giving Aid has set up a victims' fund.

*As she did after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, Ann Curry is asking individuals to perform random acts of kindness for Bostonians. If you're in, tweet your support with #26Acts2.

Other Ways To Help

*Donate blood. It’s important, not just now, but always. You can make sure your city has enough blood in the event of a disaster by donating regularly. Right now, there is plenty of donated blood in Boston to meet demand, according to the American Red Cross.

*The Salvation Army provided food and counseling to first responders in Boston. Donate to their efforts.


Jonathan Harris is Participant Medias Director of Digital Social Action.

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