Monday, tragedy struck the finish line of the Boston Marathon as two explosions rocked nearby buildings, blew out windows, knocked down runners, and injured and killed bystanders. So far, three victims have been confirmed dead with over 140 injured. Those on the scene rushed to help in any way possible, and those far away sent prayers their way.
If you’re looking for ways to help in the aftermath, consider these organizations, which have already set up quick response programs. All are keeping Twitter updated with valuable links, information and more.
The Red Cross, true to form, is helping people on the scene connect with loved ones to let them know that they are ok. Those still needing to communicate with family and friends can visit the Red Cross Safe and Well website. While the organization says it received enough blood donations for now, they are keeping a constant update on Twitter @RedCross.
The Salvation Army is providing food and water to various locations throughout the city, placing canteens at the Unified Command Post, the Family Assistance Center, Kenmore Square, and more. Updates can be found via Twitter @SalvationArmy.
“The runners, their families, and the first responders also received emotional and spiritual care from 12 Salvation Army officers and 23 Salvation Army staff volunteers,” said Major Ivan Rock. “Eight Salvation Army officers were deployed to various hospitals throughout the Boston area offering pastoral care as needed.”
The Boston Children’s Hospital has released seven of its ten original patients. The remaining three children are in critical care, where one is stable and the other two remain in critical condition. Updates can be found on Twitter @BostonChildrens. The hospital is also providing valuable resources for explaining tragedies to children, also found on its Twitter feed.
There have also been several hashtags used on Twitter since the explosions, including #HelpBoston, which is a great way to keep up with ways to help. News sites are also keeping live updates, including CNN (@CNNImpact), Fox (@FoxNews) and NBC (@NBCNews).