Boston Marathon: 5 Ways To Make a Difference

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;

for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness…”

                                 - Audrey Hepburn

 

Audrey Hepburn, one of my idols, helped to define what style was in the mid-2oth century. But her words shaped what TRUE style and beauty were.

Just before 3:00PM on Monday, April 15th, two bombs detonated seconds apart and turned over the lives of thousands. Placed near the finish line, these two bombs killed three, injured 183 and affected an entire city (some might say an entire nation) who waited as their loved ones crossed that finish line.

Months of training and hours of mental and physical exertion more than I can even accomplish should have ended in triumph and happiness. Instead, it was overshadowed by a cloud of negativity.

You don’t have to give thousands or dedicate days of your time to make a huge difference in the lives of those affected. Scroll down and see how a few minutes is all it takes to help out a victim.

 

1. The One Fund

The One Fund was formed by Massachussetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events on Monday, April 15th. They accept Pay Pal payments and provide an address to send checks. If we raised $10 for each runner in the Boston Marathon, the One Fund could raise up to $300,000.

 

2. New England Revolution

The New England Revolution Foundation is collecting funds to provide aid to victims  of the Boston Marathon Bombing. The Kraft Foundation will match the first $100,000 that is raised!

 

3. Help the victims

#PrayforMartin has been created along with a fund to raise money and awareness for Martin Richards, the 8-year old victim of the bombing. The family of Jeff Bauman, the runner who lost both legs in the explosion, has asked that people send letters of well wishes. They can be sent to Jeff Bauman C/O Jen Joyce 117 Tyngsboro Rd. Westford, MA 01886 or Jeff Bauman C/O Jen Joyce P.O. Box 261 Chelmsford, MA 01824.

 

4. Donate Blood

Simple and quick! The Red Cross is always looking for blood donations to aid in moments like this.

 

5. Raise Awareness

#PrayforMartin is just the beginning of what locals have been doing to raise awareness. Bostonians are walking the length of the marathon in honor of the victims. Bikers in Miami are doing a silent run to raise awareness. You just need to talk to someone about it and create more awareness.

 

It seems you can do anything to show your support for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Leave a comment below in support or share this post on Facebook so others know how simple it is to help!

 

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