In light of the tragedy which occurred yesterday at the Boston marathon I would like to briefly state my thoughts. I’m sure everyone is now aware there was a bombing at the marathon which ended in three dead and over 140 injured. The videos and photos which have been shared from the people who were there are nothing short of sickening.
One thing I feel needs to be emphasized above the evil is all the good which was visible. Marathon runners who had already finished the race laced their sneakers back up and ran to the nearest hospital or blood bank to donate blood. Firefighters, EMTs and police officers ran into the clouds of smoke to pull back barriers and immediately aide the wounded. Strangers, good Samaritans took of their belts and created tourniquets for those who lost their limbs. People who never met each other before yesterday will now be bonded together in the wake of what has happened. I am sure many lives were saved because of the quick and selfless acts of all those mentioned.
Today on Twitter people are joining together and posting photos of their shoes in what will surely become a highly used hashtag #shoesforboston. It might seem trivial, but I think having all of these people take a moment to take a photo of their shoes and post it is a wonderful thing. My Finn and I have posted a photo and I fully intend to get my whole family together for a shoe photo shoot once we are all home from school and work this evening.
Two statements from celebrities on Facebook impacted me and so I will share them here.
George Takei wrote:
“When tragedies strike, heroes rise to meet the challenge: the first responders seen sprinting toward the blast site, the runners who changed course to run to local hospitals to donate blood, and the fine citizens of Boston who at once opened their homes to marathoners in need of a place to stay. When we come together, we cannot be brought down.”
Patton Oswalt wrote:
“So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
- The Red Cross says the best way to help right now is to get in touch with loved ones through its Safe And Well Listings. The organization is not asking for blood donations at this time.
- The Salvation Army is offering food, beverages and crisis counseling to survivors and first responders. Find out how you can get involved here.
- Some marathon runners are stranded in Boston and in need of places to stay. Find out how you can offer housing here.
- Anyone with info about the incident can call 1-800-494-TIPS.