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Boston Marathon Explosions: How You Can Help

The horrific explosions that rocked Massachusetts streets during the Boston Marathon on April 15 have left many families separated and dozens in the hospital.

Emergency rooms are on hold from the sheer volume of patients, and others are calling hotlines and scouring websites hoping to find clues to the whereabouts of their loved ones. In a time when the nation truly needs to band together for strength, many options are available for those willing to lend a helping hand.

If you are searching for a family member, are alone but safe, or if you know someone in either situation, visit the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well registry. Registering and searching are both very easy, and it’s comforting to know that today’s technology offers this kind of communication outlet after such a devastating disaster.

Of course, keeping disaster efforts running with the staff and supplies they need to be able to do their incredible jobs is very expensive, so a direct donation to the American Red Cross online or through a quick text message transports your assistance directly in a time of need.

Lastly, blood donation is of the utmost importance. When so many people suddenly fall victim to such a tragedy, it puts immense pressure on hospitals to provide enough blood for surgeries and rehab care. Visit the American Red Cross’s website to find local hospitals who are accepting blood donation appointments or blood drives. Even if you're not in the Boston area, consider a life-saving donation to your local blood bank.

Our hearts go out to the citizens from Boston and around the world who were affected by this tragic event.

Source: American Red Cross

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04.16.2013 / 05:00 AM EDT by Emmalie Vance
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