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Boston Marathon bombings: How to help

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff  April 18, 2013 05:59 PM

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The One Fund Boston Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino on Tuesday announced the formation of this fund to help people most affected by the bombings.

United We Stride This non-profit group is raising money to help people who underwent amputations as a result of injuries they sustained in the Boston Marathon bombings. The group is selling T-shirts and apparel with the proceeds, plus $1 per order going to the victims. The group is on Twitter and on Facebook.

New England Patriots plan to match donations The Kraft family announced it will match $100,000 in donations to support marathon tragedy victims. patriots.com/donate

Donate to the Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund. MIT has created a Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund that will support a Collier Medal that will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate Collier’s values.

Donate to the Boston First Responders Fund The fund is being administered through the Boston Fire Fighters Credit Union, 60 Hallet St., Dorchester, MA 02124. Checks and electronic donations are welcome. Visit http://www.bosfirecu.com or call 857-220-0133. All of the funds collected will go to the victims of the attack.

A Google doc called "Caring for the Richard family" has been circulating online asking for donations for the Richard family.

Donate to the Richard family According to this Facebook posting, "Anyone looking to make a donation to help the Richard Family can go directly to Meetinghouse Bank or Vargas & Vargas Insurance in Lower Mills. The account name is: Richard Family Fund. For convenience, they have set up additional locations in Dorchester that will have a donation "drop box" for the Richard Family Fund." Check out the Facebook page for more details. The Meetinghouse Bank has set up account for Richard family to accept donations. Call 617-298-2250 and ask for customer service to get more details.

Another fund has been launched by the Salem Five. According to the bank, Bill Richard is a 1988 graduate of Salem High School. The Salem Five Charitable Foundation said it is making an initial $5,000 donation. Donations can be made at any Salem Five branch or by sending a check to Salem Five, Attn: Richard Family Fund, 210 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970.

Another fund, led by a research assistant at MIT, has been launched for the Richard family. Click here for more details.

Text to donate Patriots defensive captain Vince Wilfork is trying to help. He tweets: "Text VINCE to 50555 to donate $10 to the Vince Wilfork Foundation all proceeds until end of the month will benefit victims of Boston bombs."

Blood donation A statement from the DFCI/BWH Blood Donor Center: "The tragic events at the Boston Marathon have led to an overwhelming outpouring of support to the Blood Donor Center. If you’re considering donating blood or platelets, the center requests that you call to schedule a blood or platelet donation and consider scheduling your donation in the coming weeks to help us replenish and maintain the supply of blood products to meet the needs of patients at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To schedule a donation, email blooddonor@partners.org with your preferred donation type (blood or platelets), days you prefer to donate, and a phone number."

Red Cross According to an American Red Cross statement, they have enough blood to meet the patients’ needs right now. If you are interested in donating, they suggest making appointments in the coming weeks and months by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

From runnersworld.com "A grassroots movement began on social media and then was further organized by #RunChat, asking people to show support by wearing either a race shirt or blue and yellow today."

Just get out there and run According to this Facebook page, "The next 26.2 aren't about race prep, monthly mileage, or self. It's about our brothers and sisters, the ones we don't know but share a bond with. Run for the ones for whom today's 26.2 might have been their last, and for the ones that didn't finish. Run it in 1 day, 1 week or 1 month. Just run."

Also, a website has been set up urging people to wear emblems that say 26.2gether. A high-resolution image of the logo is provided on the page.

Need mental health assistance? The Red Cross is urging people with mental health concerns to visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. “We call it disaster mental health, but I call it well-being,” said Kat Powers, director of communications for the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts. “If you’re having difficulty, reach out.”

How to donate to the Corcoran family Mother and daughter Celeste and Sydney were badly injured in the blast.

Can you share information about a victim? This information will not be released publicly until confirmed and The Boston Globe can keep the victim name private at a family member's request. Fill out this form.

Technology Underwriting Greater Good The campaign, hosted on Fundraise.com, has raised more than $26,000 so far, supported by groups like Terrible Labs, Twin Focus Capital, and many more within the local start-up and technology sector.

How to donate to victim Marc Fucarile A website has been set up for donations to assist Marc Fucarile. It says Fucarile had his right leg amputated above the leg, and has first, second, and third-degree burns on more than half of his body.

How to donate to victim Jeffrey Bauman A fundraising site has been set up to help pay medical expenses for Bauman, who lost his legs and suffered severe burns on his body.

BU scholarship in memory of Lingzi Lu Boston University announced it would form a scholarship in the memory of Lu, 23, from the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang. Click here for details.

Help federal investigators Email any photos or videos you have of Boylston Street during the Marathon to boston@ic.fbi.gov.

You can also upload video or photo evidence at the FBI's site on the attacks.

Boston Police Tip Line Anyone with information about the marathon explosions is encouraged to call the Boston Police Department’s tip line: 1-800-494-TIPS or the task force tip line at 617-223-6610. You can also email boston@ic.fbi.gov

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