Four Simple Ways to Honor Those Affected in Boston

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On April 15 2013 at 2:50 pm, during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, two bomb blasts occurred 12 seconds apart at the finish line killing at least three people and wounding hundreds more. Members and supporters of the running community are heartbroken and searching for ways to help. As of this writing, there are no official fundraisers for the victims of the tragedy, but there are still several ways you can help.

If You Were There
If you were in Boston yesterday, please register your current status on the Red Cross Safe and Well site to let family and friends know how you are. This website is a central location for people in disaster areas in the United States so that loved ones can access the information and know you are well, even if they cannot reach you by phone.

• If you are currently being affected by a disaster somewhere in the U.S., click List Myself as Safe and Well, enter your pre-disaster address and phone number, and select any of the standard message options.
• If you are concerned about a loved one in the U.S., click Search Registrants and enter the person’s name and pre-disaster phone number OR address. If they have registered, you will be able to view the messages they have posted.

Safe and Well is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is accessible in both English and Spanish. Per the Red Cross, the page may be experiencing slow page loads due to many people trying to register and to find loved ones. Please continue to check back.

If you live in Boston and have extra space in your home, consider providing temporary lodging for those in the area who were stranded due to the bombing. Here is a link to a form to fill out via Boston.com.

Give Blood
The Boston-area Red Cross says that there is plenty of donated blood immediately available for the victims of the attacks, so there is no need to rush to your local donation center. However, if there had not been donators in recent weeks, there would be a desperate need. Donated blood and platelets are a constant need not only for victims of disaster, but on a daily basis. In fact, there is a need for a blood transfusion every 2 seconds in the United States – about 44,000 donations are needed each day.

To find a blood drive or a donation center near you, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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Where to Donate Money
The American Red Cross is also very crucial in disaster efforts around the country, including being first-responders in Boston yesterday. Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency needs such as by providing shelter, food, and health and emotional health service to address basic human needs and assist individuals and families in resuming their normal daily activities independently. The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers like fire fighters and police, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to disaster victims, and helps them access other available resources.

The Salvation Army is another organization that is assisting with emergency needs in Boston, including providing food and counseling to first responders. To give online, visit donate.salvationarmyusa.org.

Information About Hospital Donations
The injured were taken to one of three Boston-area hospitals: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General and Boston Children’s Hospital. Brigham and Women’s Hospital offers a page for online giving at giving.brighamandwomens.org. The hospital also supports a Marathon Program for healthier babies and moms via The Stork Fund. Charitable gifts given here will support life-changing, life-saving work for newborns and their families.

According to a press release from Massachusetts General, 10 of the 31 admitted patients have been released and their current need for blood is sufficient. However, as above, there is a continual need and they expect that blood donations will be needed one to two weeks from today. Staff at the MGH Blood Donor Center will be happy to schedule appointments for later in April or for the month of May. However, you can also make a monetary gift to Mass General at give.massgeneral.org.

Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States and is home to a large research center. The Children’s Hospital also accepts blood and platelet donations, but is fully booked for today, according to their website. Financial gifts can be donated at giving.childrenshospital.org.

Offer Moral Support
If you are a runner, walker, biker, or just want to get out and show moral support for those affected in Boston, RunJunkees is sponsoring a virtual run called “Runners United to Remember” you can do anywhere, anytime and for as long as you wish (some suggestions 26.2 minutes, 2.62 miles, 4.15 miles). Many runners are wearing past race t-shirts to honor fellow runners. RunJunkees is offering a downloadable, printable “bib” to wear during your effort.

GroovyBabyActionGear, who makes custom running sleeves for Etsy.com, is offering Boston Running Arm Sleeves with 20% of profits going toward Red Cross responders. Not only will your purchase benefit those in need, but you can wear these in your next race to continue moral support for those in Boston.

Updates to Come
Here at Emaxhealth.com, we will continue to report on fundraising activities for those affected by the horrible events of yesterday. We offer our thoughts and prayers to all in the days and weeks to come.

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