Rage settles to righteous anger. Shock becomes determination. In the aftermath of a disaster, we have our chance to rise to our feet, scrub our faces dry on a sleeve, and roll up those sleeves to get to work. We help heal the wounded, comfort the bereaved, fix the damage, and set things as right as we can.
If your faith in humanity wavered, remember: some people ran toward the blasts. The Red Cross had all the blood and funds it needed within hours. People all over the world stepped up immediately to do whatever they could. A few would rip apart: many will put back together.
We will come together and lift each other up. Fall seven; up eight. That’s us. That’s people.
I’ve listed as many resources as I could find. Let me know what I’ve missed.
Find loved ones (h/t):
Red Cross Safe and Well (1-800-733-2767)
Mayor’s hotline 617-635-4500
If you have tips or have media (photos, video) from the marathon:
Help for Victims’ Families:
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 15, 2013
(I’ve vetted HopeMob to the best of my ability. It seems legitimate, but if they’re not, please let me know ASAP.)
Atheists Giving Aid has a page set up for Boston. The current total (as of 10:45 PDT 4/16) is over $20,000. You all are remarkable!
Thanks to the generosity of volunteer blood donors, there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs. The Red Cross also has the financial resources it needs to support this event right now. We are asking those who want to help to make an appointment to give blood in the coming weeks and months. They can do that by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.
If you know of any other legit organizations who are collecting donations, please let me know, and I’ll update this section.
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