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The Red Cross Continues to Support Boston

The bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 turned a setting of athletic triumph into a scene of tragedy. The American Red Cross supported the Family Assistance Center and events such as the Memorial Service for Officer Sean Collier, as well as provided emotional support to people struggling to cope in the community. Read the day-by-day, minute-by-minute response here: Red Cross responds to Boston Marathon Bombings. Below, read about the many ways the Red Cross is helping in the Boston community.

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Red Cross is Boston Strong

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


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Red Cross Tips for Coping Through a Crisis

The Red Cross in all communities offers coping tips and strategies in times of crisis.

  • Coping after disaster: Do you need to reach out? - Are you still in need of emotional assistance? Read this short article.
  • Coping and Taking Action - Please download our tips for coping with a disaster. The Eastern Massachusetts Red Cross quickly distributed this handy guide to Boston residents after the Boston Marathon tragedy.
  • Coping on the Subway - Red Cross, MBTA, Boston Foundation Offer Coping Tips on Subway Trains - In the aftermath of the bombings, the Eastern Massachusetts Red Cross teamed up with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and The Boston Foundation to offer the community mental health tips for coping with stressful situations.

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    Supporting the Community and Emotional Comfort

  • Mental health check ins Boston Community Volunteering To Support Neighbors Red Cross Volunteers walked through Boston Common to offer support for some of the residents there.
  • Supporting runners Red Cross volunteer comforts runner after Boston Explosions Red Cross volunteer helps runner cope
  • At MIT memorial Red Cross Volunteers Provide Support On A Difficult Day At MIT
  • Moment of silence Runners return to finish line one week later in Boston Runners were joined by hundreds of other community members and Red Cross Disaster Mental Health workers at the finish line.
  • Family Assistance Center Family Assistance Center in Boston Helps Families of Victims Heal. In the first days after the bombing, families of the Boston Marathon victims made their way to the Family Assistance Center.
  • Support to the Mayor’s Healthline Red Cross Supports Mayor's Health Line Following Bombing. Red Crossers help Mayor's Healthline answer mental health questions.
  • Offering support at the Castle Red Cross Supporting Runners, Family at Castle in Boston
  • Supporting Families Red Cross Supporting Families in Boston After Tragedy
  • Red Cross services provided Services Provided, by the Numbers

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    Meet the Red Cross Volunteers Supporting Recovery

  • Tennessee Volunteer Tends To Emotional Needs In Boston - Britton arrived in Boston on April 21 to help out in the response efforts.
  • Diverse Volunteers Support Disaster Response In Boston - Mabel, a Hong Native and Red Cross Volunteer, has been helping Boston residents.
  • New Hampshire Volunteer Lends Skills in Disaster Response - Over 400 Red Cross volunteers were already staffing first aid tents along the Boston Marathon route the day of the bombings.
  • Cape Cod Volunteer Lifting Spirits in Boston - Red Cross Disaster Spiritual Care team provides support.
  • Rhode Island Volunteer Helps Boston Work with Government Partners - Volunteer on the scene in Boston ensures smooth communication between the Red Cross and governmental agencies.
  • Red Cross Volunteer Helps Boston Community Cope
  • Taking action as a volunteer in Boston - Bostonians take action, learn about Red Cross

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    Supporters of the Red Cross

    So many members of our community came out to help. We'd like to thank them for their generous support.

  • Shaw's donates pallets of water
  • Lizzy's brings in a sweet treat
  • Olive Garden feeds the Red Cross
  • Connecticut’s Community Service Massage Team gives a hand
  • Zoom Media spread coping message
  • Vertex donates truck and driver

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    Ongoing Support for the Boston Marathon

    Every year the Red Cross has provided first aid tents along the Boston marathon route to aid fatigued runners. The Red Cross also brings together runners of all ages and abilities in support of the American Red Cross mission.

  • Team Red Cross Running as Part of Boston Marathon
  • Red Cross Provides First Aid At Boston Marathon For Decades
  • Red Cross at the Boston Marathon in Photos
  • Red Cross Support Ongoing for Boston Marathon Victims

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    Marathon Bombing Response in Photos

    To see how the Red Cross Eastern Massachusetts is supporting these traumatic events, please visit our Flickr page:

    Eastern Massachusetts Flickr