In light of the events that touched Boston and subsequently the entire world this past Monday, I thought it would be important to put together a post outlining the various ways of how we can help. Boston is my home and Boylston Street is my street. The 117th Boston Marathon was my first, but will certainly not be my last.
Although I wasn’t able to finish the race of a lifetime on Monday, I will go back out to where I was stopped and run to the finish line once the area is reopened to the public. I owe it to myself after all I put myself through to get as far as I did, but more importantly, I owe it to those affected by tragic events that took place at our finish line. Even if it means a finishing time of more than a week later. We decide when our marathon ends.
How You Can Help
There are many fundraising events going on in Boston, online, and around the world to benefit those impacted by Monday’s events. I have done some research on the most popular ones, and have listed them out below. Please keep in mind that some items whose proceeds are donated to the One Fund Boston may be sold out or temporarily out of stock due to high demand. If I hear of any discontinuations (or additions for that matter) to any products, I will try to list them here. Also, if you know of any funds or products that can help in the efforts, please comment below.
Please be aware of fraudulent fundraisers and charities posing as benefitting the Boston Marathon victims. If in doubt, donate directly to the Mayor’s One Fund Boston using the link provided here.
Funds & Products
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. Find out more here.
adidas commends the City of Boston, first responders, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) and all volunteers for their reaction to the tragic events on April 15. To honor this spirit and to support those who were affected, we will donate 100% of all profits from the Boston Tribute Tee to The One Fund Boston.
Stand in solidarity and show your support for the Boston Marathon victims with the adidas Celtics Boston Stands As One T-Shirt. Retail price is set at $26.20, symbolic of the marathon distance (26.2 miles). All proceeds from your purchase will go to The One Fund Boston, established by Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick to aid victims of the bombing.
’47 Brand is joining the effort to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in our hometown of Boston on April 15, 2013. Proceeds will be donated to One Fund Boston. Find out more here: One Fund Boston. This hat preorder will begin to ship 5/6 at the earliest.
Pubs for the Hub aims to gather financial resources for those who were affected by the tragic events that took place at this year’s Boston Marathon, on April 15, 2013. In bringing together individuals from the publishing community, they hope to raise the funds needed through offering publishing-related items and services.
Here are a few more links I found on the CNN Impact page. Please comment below if you know of any additional links that should be listed. Thank you.
- Red Cross helping Boston families
- Salvation Army Boston Emergency Fund
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Richard family fund
- Celeste and Sydney recovery fund
- White family recovery fund
- Jeff Bauman fund
- Donate to Boston victims at Giveforward
- Lu Lingzi scholarship fund
- Let’s Fix David Henneberry’s Boat Ruined in the Standoff