The American Red Cross has been part of the Boston Marathon for decades, offering first aid and encouragement to the athletes on the sidelines. Never could I have imagined we’d be talking about a response to the Boston Marathon that included taking a central role in Disaster Mental Health, aid to the families of the injured and deceased, and a role in helping our community heal. But that’s where the volunteers I work with were needed after the Boston Marathon Bombing, and where we stay, offering assistance.
We will continue to work with the leaders of Boston, Cambridge and Watertown, the FBI, the Mass Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, MIT, State Police, the Boston Foundation and the Secret Service. Our volunteers will be part of this recovery for months to come, and we invite you to read the stories below and become part of our response. Together, we can remain Boston Strong.
--Jarrett Barrios, CEO, American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts