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Boston Marathon Relief: How You Can Help And How To Locate Loved Ones

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News of the explosions in Boston were inescapable yesterday. As we watched brave citizens and first responders run into the fray to help the injured, we are inspired by the selfless goodness of humanity that would sacrifice their own safety to tend to the wounded. Though we are far from Boston, we want to know how we, too, can help those effected by the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

How Can We Help?

According to a press statement released yesterday, the American Red Cross has long been involved in the Boston Marathon by providing first aid stations to support runners. You can help by donating funds online or texting REDCROSS to 90999. More importantly, you can help by donating blood.

The Salvation Army is setting up two mobile canteens in Boston, one to serve as a staging area for first responders and another where families are gathering. You can help support their effort by donating funds.

April is National Donate Life Month. Find out more about Taylor’s Gift and how you can become an organ donor.

Locate Family In Boston

Many North Texans were in Boston yesterday running in the marathon. If you haven’t yet gotten in touch with those family members because phones have been busy, there are several ways you can find out if your loved ones are safe:

The Boston Marathon website was employing a tracking app where you could monitor the progress of runners during the marathon. You can use the runner’s name or bib number to find out when they finished or where the last check point they was located.

The American Red Cross’s Safe & Well has a place where people in Boston can register that they are some and family and search to see if their loved ones have checked in.

Google’s Person Finder has section dedicated for locating anyone affected by the Boston Marathon Explosions. You can enter their name and pull up if someone is searching for that person or if they have been in contact to let someone know they are safe.

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