As we continue to watch the horrible details of the Boston Marathon explosions unfold, we as Canadians are moved to action. But, what can we actually do so far away?
We have, in all honesty, sheltered our children from any details of what has happened. We have kept the TV off of news channels, turned the radio off and made sure their access to the Internet is limited. But, we also know that as a family, helping people where and when we can is an important part of how we live our lives.
We know so many others who want to do the same. Right now, it seems that the best thing we can do is – if possible – donate a few dollars to help ensure relief agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army can take care of the victims and people affected by yesterday’s events. The Red Cross has asked that people not rush out to donate blood as their storage facility is full.
IF YOU CAN OFFER SERVICES:
Use the hashtag #BostonHelp to offer specialized help. So far, restaurants have offered pay-what-you-can meals, people are helping runners find housing for the night, and others are requesting people for counseling needs. Wi-Fi and other things are requested too.
FINDING LOVED ONES:
Boston Police Help Line: Family members looking for information about individuals injured during the incident are encouraged to call (617) 635-4500.
Boston Marathon Athlete Tracker: This section of the marathon’s official website lets users track runners by name or bib number to find out if he or she finished the race and when. Visit the website HERE.
Google Person Finder’s Boston Marathon Page: Google’s Person Finder launched a page specifically for the Boston Marathon tragedy that lets users look up information to either find someone or offer information about someone. Visit the website HERE.
Category: INSPIRED ACTION