Along with everyone else, I’m stunned and horrified by yesterday’s events. I spent the afternoon glued to the news, and I find myself continuously praying for the victims and their loved ones.
While the world undoubtedly has some awful people in it — people who choose to hate instead of love — I firmly believe that especially in times of crisis, people are driven to do good. There are tons of stories about people who have acted selflessly and with tremendous compassion in the wake of this horror, and for today, that’s what I choose to focus on.
For me at least, I find that when I focus on the bad, I get myself spun up into a frenzy of anger and righteous hatred. Considering that anger and hatred are usually key among the many driving forces that give rise to terrorism, I don’t want to facilitate this cycle. I want to do what I can to stop it. This famous Martin Luther King, Jr. quote sums it up perfectly:
So, with that, here are some resources for ways you can help lend a hand in the wake of the bombing.
- While the Red Cross is no longer asking for blood donations at this point, it still can’t hurt to give blood. There will always be a need for it — if not today, then in the future. Find out more here.
- The best ways to find someone are through the Red Cross Safe & Well listings and through Google’s People Finder. (Side note: a major round of applause is due to Google for rolling this out within hours of the bombing. This is innovation and creativity at their best.)
- Google has also rolled out a public spreadsheet for marathoners who need a place to stay if their hotels have been evacuated. The public response has been overwhelming. If you have room in your home or know someone who’d be willing to take people in, it’s a gesture that would likely be appreciated.
- The Salvation Army is providing food and counseling to first responders in Boston, and you can donate to their efforts here.
- If you have any information — even if it seems insignificant and trivial — that could help in the investigation, call the Boston Police Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or call the department’s task force tip line at 617-223-6610. If you’d rather not do it via phone call, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I was falling asleep last night, I had Jewel’s “Hands” stuck in my head. If ever there was a perfectly timed earworm, that would be it.
As she says, we are never broken.