Karen Knapstein
April 17, 2013

Make an Impact for Boston


In the aftermath of Monday’s Boston bombings, communities around the U.S. have been looking for ways to help Boston recover.

Here are five ways you can pitch in:


1.  Share Information. If you, or anyone you know, has photos or videos of Boylston Street during the Marathon, help federal investigators by sending them to No detail is too small!

2.  Donate $$. There are several organizations that have pledged to help those impacted by the Boston bombings. A few of them include:

  • The One Fund – formed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino in the aftermath of this week’s bombings.
  • New England Patriots – The Kraft family announced they will match $100,000 to support the recovery of the Boston Marathon victims.
  • Technology Underwriting Greater Good – TUGG has started a fundraising campaign to tap into Boston’s technology community to help victims and relief efforts.
  • Boston’s First Responders Fund – Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, said, “To the families of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy, we can never bring your loved ones back or take away the injuries sustained from this attack. This Fund is one way to hopefully provide comfort in your time of need.”

3.  Donate Blood (later!) – Because of the overwhelming number of people that donated blood directly after Monday’s tragedy, the American Red Cross has enough blood for now. However, the organization anticipates it will need blood in the days and weeks to come. If you’re interested in donating blood, you can schedule an appointment here.

4.  Send Your Love – The social media community has rallied around Boston in the last several days. On Twitter, people around the world have shared their messages of support using hashtags like #PrayForBoston, #OneBoston and #BostonMarathon. Join them!

5.  Follow #BostonHelp – Local organizations, non-profits and families are posting their most pressing needs through the hashtag #BostonHelp. Follow the hashtag to continue to track how this community can use your help as they work to recover.

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