The entire Integrate team is deeply saddened by yesterday’s catastrophic events at the 117th annual Boston Marathon. Tragically, 3 people lost their lives, 17 are in critical condition, and more than 140 are seriously injured after two explosions went off near the marathon’s finish line.
The Boston Marathon, which is one of the six World Marathon Majors, attracts people from all over the world and there were around 200 Houstonians participating in yesterday’s race. The explosions have left all of America in utter shock and disbelief.
While the motives and individuals behind the blasts are unknown, one thing is for certain: Boston needs the country’s assistance. If you would like to help those in need, the Red Cross of Massachusetts has opened a disaster operation head quarters in Boston and though they have enough blood for those injured, they are still accepting monetary donations.
The Salvation Army is offering food, beverages and counseling to survivors and responders. You can donate to the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services online.
Ten of the explosion victims are children whom are now being cared for at the Boston Children’s Hospital. The hospital is accepting donations online and is offering resources on how to talk to children post-tragedy.
Boston citizens have already banned together to help the runners and spectators in need. Hundreds of people have offered their homes in Boston and surrounding areas to those stranded in the city in a large Google Drive document. Other websites, including the Boston Marathon Athlete Tracker, allow people to find their loved ones who were in the race and offer resources to the marathon victims.
Social media has played a huge role in aiding Boston. By following the hashtag #BostonHelp on Twitter, people can stay up to date on ways to volunteer and donate.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims, their families, and those traumatized in the explosions.