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Boston Marathon Tragedy: Help Keep Boston Strong

Legitimate Ways to Assist Boston and Bombing Victims

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The deadly attack at the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, April 15, 2013--like so many other tragedies--aroused global desire to help, to give, to support those whose lives were shattered by this devastating event. If you're a New Englander, a runner or anyone whose heart is in Boston as the Boston Marathon is run on Patriots' Day for the first time since the tragedy, here are legitimate ways to provide support for victims, for runners who are supporting charitable causes and for this beautiful, historic city:

1. Contribute to The One Fund Boston

One Fund Boston
On the day following the tragic events in Boston, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help those most affected. John Hancock committed $1 million to the One Fund, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered to match $100,000 in donations. The fund now has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit status. Donations may be made online.

2. Buy a Boston Strong T-shirt

Boston Strong T-shirt
Image courtesy of GameDay Boston
GameDay Boston created an exclusive Boston Strong T-shirt with the defiant message: "Wrong City to Mess With," and proceeds go directly to victims injured in the Boston Marathon bombing via the Greg Hill Foundation, which was formed in 2010 by WAAF on-air personality Greg Hill to assist Boston-area families touched by tragedy. Order T-shirts online for $19.99 in sizes S-XXXL.

3. Download and Use the B Strong Logo

B Strong Facebook Profile Image
B Strong logo provided by MLB's Boston Red Sox.
Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox invite fans and supporters to download the B Strong logo for use as a Facebook profile image or online avatar. Click the "Avatars" tab to find the graphic.

4. Visit Boston

Boston Harbor Photo - Boston from the Water
© 2007 Kim Knox Beckius
Boston welcomed 22.5 million visitors from across our nation and around the world in 2012. Following the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013, it is more important than ever for travelers to include this vibrant, historic city in their travel plans. Boston officials have worked diligently since the tragedy to ensure that heightened security is in place citywide so that Boston remains open and inviting to visitors.

5. Help a Runner Finish His 100th Marathon Strong

The phrase "Boston Strong" rallied the city in the wake of the Marathon bombing. For New England marathoner Jim Miller, the phrase takes on special meaning as he seeks to complete his 100th marathon--a feat only 500 humans have accomplished--at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon in 2014. Miller was stopped less than a mile from the finish line when the bombs exploded last year. You can be part of his landmark 2014 run by propelling him toward his ambitious goal of raising $100,000 for the American Liver Foundation in memory of his dad.

6. Join the Technology Community in Helping Boston Marathon Victims

TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good), a Boston-area organization that helps young entrepreneurs realize their dreams, established a fundraising effort with a goal of raising $50,000 for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. As of the first anniversary of the tragedy, more than $295,000 has been raised. TUGG and fundraise.com are donating their services so that 100 percent of the funds raised continue to go directly to those in need. Donate online in any amount.

7. Donate to the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts

More than 100 medically trained American Red Cross volunteers are stationed along the route of the Boston Marathon every year to provide first aid treatment for runners. In the wake of the bombing, the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts opened a disaster operation center at its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. American Red Cross Disaster Relief donations can be made online, or contribute directly to the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts by sending your check to: American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, 139 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.

8. Support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation

Former New England Patriot and cancer survivor Joe Andruzzi appeared in a photo from the Boston Marathon tragedy, carrying an injured woman away from the scene of the explosions. A team of runners was participating in the 117th Boston Marathon in support of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, created to help (UP)Beat cancer by providing financial assistance for patients and their families as well as funding pediatric brain cancer research. Donations to the foundation help this worthy, Boston-area cause, as the team prepares to participate once again in the 118th Boston Marathon in 2014.

9. Support Boston Fire Strong

The Boston Fire Department Runners Club will have a large contingent at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon in 2014. They run to honor the victims of last year's tragedy, as well as to raise funds, as they have for nine years, for the Kenney Quinn Ford Brain Tumor Research Foundation. Your donation supports their efforts.

10. Give Blood

Tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing are a reminder that the need for blood donations is constant. If you can give, here's how to find a blood drive. Honor the victims on the anniversary of the tragedy by making a blood donation appointment today.

11. Salvation Army Provides Support in Boston

The Salvation Army mobilized to provide canteens, as well as spiritual and emotional support, for families of the Boston Marathon victims, as well as Boston first responders. Donations can be made online and directed to the city of Boston to support the Salvation Army's ongoing efforts in the city.

12. Donate via the Vince Wilfork Foundation

Vince Wilfork
Photo of Vince Wilfork #75 © 2011 Kim Knox Beckius
New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork directed all donations made to his Vince Wilfork Foundation in April 2013 to the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. Wilfork and his wife, Bianca, donated an additional $10,000. To donate by credit card, use the Foundation's online donation form and indicate "help Boston Marathon victims" in the "Please explain your gift" field.

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