Yesterday was “Patriots’ Day” here in the United States. In Massachusetts, a state holiday. The running of the Boston Marathon. You know the rest.
And today, just like after so many other similar days, we’re reeling.
Newtown. Aurora. Oklahoma City. 9/11. Boston.
What can you do?
What can I do?
Today you can know this: in the face of unimaginable horror, there were still more who tried to help than did not.
There were still more who rushed to the scene than ran away.
There were still more offering tips than the phones could handle.
There were still more who watched in sadness and wondered what can I do?
And that’s when the anger came. Anger that someone – identity unknown – wants us all to live in fear. To be afraid to run.
Not happening, coward.
HOW 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.
This Patriot stands with Boston and I am not afraid to run.