Boston Marathon: Updates, Resources and How to Help

Posted April 16, 2013 by The Voice of Downtown Boston in Downtown Boston

At The Voice we are deeply saddened and shocked by yesterday’s events. Just minutes before the explosions, we were getting ready to publish a piece about the camaraderie during the marathon, the great spirit that filled the air and how much we enjoy the city coming together, physically and emotionally, during this day of celebration. This, unfortunately, is not that piece.

In the aftermath of the explosions there arose many questions & uncertainties – as well as (happily) many, many people asking how they could help. Below you will find a compiled list of resources, links and contacts for assistance and information in this time.

And though we are not writing in celebration, we are nonetheless heartened and inspired by the way Bostonians and visitors alike are coming together, bringing out the best in each other and doing all they can to help one another heal and recover from this senseless act of violence. Our hearts, thoughts and enduring spirits are with our city as we all work to rise from this tragedy together.

Updates for Runners: The Boston Marathon’s facebook page has been doing a great job of providing regular updates, with particularly useful information for runners and their families. If you ran yesterday and left bags or belongings, they can be picked up at The Castle at Park Plaza (101 Arlington Street at Columbus) until 7 pm tonight. Follow their page for more updates, as well as outpourings of love and support.

Donate Blood: We are lucky to have such great hospitals and dedicated medical professionals in our city. Many people have expressed a desire to want to help them and the victims by donating blood. In Downtown Boston, the Red Cross has a blood donation center at 274 Tremont Street. Area hospitals and medical centers are also taking appointments to donate blood, a list of locations and their contact information can be found here.

Find Friends & Family: Immediately after the explosions one of the first things we all did was reach out to our friends, neighbors and loved ones to see if they were all safe and well. We know many people had trouble with getting through by phone and relied on twitter, facebook and other forms of social media to connect. If you or anyone you know is still looking for information about someone in Boston, or if you have information about someone you want to share, Google person finder and the Red Cross’s Safe and Well may be able to help.

Help & Shelter: Unfortunately, many people and businesses have been displaced. The Castle at Park Plaza, at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Arlington Street, is open and has been set up as a resource and information center. They can assist with counseling and shelter, as well as answer questions in person.

News Updates: The mayor and police are working in concert to keep the people of Boston updated and informed. You may follow them on twitter @MayorTomMenino and @Boston_Police for news as the situation progresses. The mayor has also set up a 24-hour hotline, 617-635-4500, to answer questions and concerns, including those of businesses and business owners (ask to speak with a business representative) and individuals looking for information on family and friends.

Information for Investigation: Finally, if anyone has any information, tips, video or photos that may help with the investigation into the explosions at the Boston marathon, please contact 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324)or the Boston Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS (1-800-494-7477).



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