Helpers & Helping in the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Monday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon have left many of us shaken – particularly being in our own backyard and affecting people we may know. But true to the cliche, even this cloud had a silver lining – evidenced by the incredible bravery of first responders, medical personnel and many private citizens who put their own lives at risk to save others. No doubt, more lives would have been lost without the courage of “the helpers.”
It’s hard for any of us to come to grips with senseless violence, but particularly hard for kids. On the web page Tragic Events in the News, Fred Rogers offers resources, tips and discussion about how to put scary, confusing disasters and world events into perspective for kids. Some of his sensible, comforting advice is good for adults, too!
Also see Resources in the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing, a list of helpful links from our Employee Assistance Program.
Ways You Can Help
The One Fund – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.
American Red Cross – You can always donate funds or blood to the American Red Cross – but you may want to wait a few weeks. Right now, the Red Cross says it has sufficient funds and blood supply to deal with events in Boston, but the need for blood is constant. People often rush to donate to a specific tragedy but donating on a regular basis can be more helpful.
Boston Children’s Hospital continues to aid in the recovery following the explosions. You can support the hospital’s efforts with a donation to the Marathon Program, which supports the hospital’s areas of greatest need, or the Emergency and Trauma fund, which helps kids and families get the emergency treatment they need when tragedy strikes.

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