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A sign hangs from a barricade on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Boston. The city continues to cope following Monday's explosions near the finish line of the marathon. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Posted: Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:54AM

Boston victims: How to help



The people of Boston were among the countless number of Americans who gave us a helping hand following Katrina.  Here’s some information about how you can return the favor.

The main fund set up to help those most affected by Monday’s tragedy is “One Fund Boston,” set up by the Governor and Mayor.  Click HERE for more information on the fund and to make an online contribution.
 
Boston's public safety unions have also formed the Boston First Responders Fund and are donating 100 percent of the money they raise to victims and their families.  Click HERE for more information on this fund.  

The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross serves more than five million people across 181 cities and towns, including Boston.  Click HERE to donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. 

The first instinct for many after a tragedy is to donate blood.  Thanks in part to some race participants who ran right from the race to the hospital to donate blood, the Red Cross is more than equipped to care for the victims.  But you can help with future emergencies in our area by scheduling a blood donation and then giving regularly.  Click HERE for info on the Blood Center for Southeast Louisiana..

Many bystanders rushed toward the blast site to render aid.  Click HERE for information about signing up for a Red Cross First Aid class to be prepared for a disaster in your area. 

The techies over at TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) are collaborating with the mayor's office, Red Cross, and area hospitals to find the best places to distribute donations. Check out their fundraising page HERE. 

The Salvation Army has two mobile kitchens going for emergency responders and families.  You can donate to the Salvation Army HERE.  
 

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