How to support Boston

6:09 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
Changing a Facebook profile picture is just one of the ways many people are supporting Boston.
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Before the dust even had a chance to settle in the aftermath of Monday's Boston Marathon explosions, people from the finish line to the far corners of the country were scrambling to support those affected.

As emergency responders, race volunteers and fellow runners were administering medical assistance, clearing debris, and moving the injured out of the danger area, individuals from around the country sought out ways to help from afar.

National organizations, including the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, quickly established support sections and published information on their websites for those looking to contribute to relief efforts.

Meanwhile in the Boston area, residents opened their homes to shelter runners stranded by the bombings.

Those who could not directly assist, offered emotional support to victims via various media outlets. On social media, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ profile pictures were changed to express sympathy for the dead, injured and bereaved. And on television, professional athletes wrote messages of faith and condolence on their equipment.

On Tuesday President Obama made his own declaration of support to those affected by Wednesday's tragic events by ordering the lowering of the White House flag to half mast in recognition of the victims.

Whether contributing time, goods, financial support, or messages of sympathy, Americans, as in the cases of 9/11 and Sandy Hook, are once again demonstrating an irresistible human spirit in the face of tragedy. 

Here is a list of efforts being made to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings:

  • Donate blood or money to the American Red Cross 
  • Donate to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Service
  • Start a fundraiser or charity drive
  • Fly a flag at half mast
  • Change your social media profile picture to an image showing support for Boston
  • Wear a blue/yellow running shirt on Tuesday
  • Modesto-area runners meet at Dry Creek picnic area in Modesto, Thursday, April 18, 5 p.m., to run in support of runners at Boston Marathon, says Laura Pelletier. Wear any race shirt you wish and come out and do any amount of miles you would like.

How are you showing your support? Post your response in the comments section below or on and we'll continue to update our list as suggestions are received.


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