Boston Marathon Bombing: How You Can Help

Boston Marathon Bombing: How You Can Help
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After Monday’s senseless violence at the Boston Marathon, you might be wondering how to help.

Cell phones have been spotty in the area since the attack, and in addition to texting and social networking sites, The Red Cross is encouraging friends and family members to take advantage of the organization’s Safe and Well webpage. Those in Boston can register as “safe and well,” and even leave a brief message to anyone concerned about their well being.

As of right now, The Red Cross says that they have enough blood on the shelves to care for those involved in Monday’s bombing. That said, it is a good reminder that a regular supply of blood is vital in every community.

The New York Blood Center (NYBC) is holding a blood drive at Al Noor High School (675 4th Avenue) today (April 16) until 3pm. Appointments can be made via the NYBC website.

If you can’t make the drive at Al Noor, NYBC has a donation center located at 120 Lawrence Street. Hours are:

Monday – 12:30pm – 6:45pm
Tuesday – 12:30pm – 6:45pm
Wednesday – Closed
Thursday – 8:30am – 2:45pm
Friday – Closed
Saturday – 9:30am – 3:45pm
Sunday – (1st/3rd/5th Sundays only) 9:30am – 3:45pm

Again, appointments can be made via the NYBC website.

If you have a friend of family member that is stuck in Boston without a place to stay, Boston.com has created two separate web documents to help people find temporary shelter. Anyone searching for a room can register here, and those offering a place to stay can sign up here.

A large number of people who participated in the marathon are raising money for various charities. You can find more information on these individual fundraisers by visiting the Razoo website.

Is there anyone in the neighborhood that is putting together their own fundraiser, blood drive or bake sale to help those in Boston? Please feel free to share the information in the comments section below.

Image via Red Cross

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