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Boston Marathon Bombing: How you can help

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As the long healing process begins for the city of Boston and all those affected by the bombing during Monday's Boston Marathon, many are wondering how they can help out those affected by the tragedy. Here is a list of ways you can help:

The Red Cross

The American Red Cross has a "Safe and Well" page for people to let family members and friends know that they are safe. While the Red Cross is not in need of blood donations for the Boston victims at this time, they remind people that the need for blood cross the county is constant.

The Red Cross also recommends that people register for a first aid and CPR course to be better prepared to help in future emergencies.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is offering food, drinks and crisis counseling to survivors and first responders. You can donate to the Salvation Army here.

Displaced Runners

A Google Doc has been set up for displaced runners who are looking for a place to stay as well as people who have a place for runners to stay.

Google has activated its Person Finder service to help people connect with their loved ones.

You can also visit the Boston Athletic Association's website for details about runners from your area.

Social Media

The Twitter hashtag #bostonhelp is being used by people needing or offering help. Anyone seeking or who is offering a place to stay, food, or internet access should use this hashtag.

Other Ways to Show Support

Another Google Doc has been set up for runners to log miles as sign of support for those affected by the tragedy. Runners (and walkers) can #RunForBoston, then input their mileage on the website.

The online running group RunChat is encouraging people to wear blue and yellow, the Boston Marathon's colors, to show their support.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the bombing.

Better Business Bureau Response

The Better Business Bureau has issued a release urging donors to give thoughtfully and avoid those seeking to take advantage of the generosity of others. 

"Tragedies inspire people to give," said H. Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, "but, tragedies – whether natural disasters or manmade catastrophes – also inspire scammers to take advantage of that generosity. Social media, in particular, makes it very easy to reach a lot of people quickly, when emotions are running high and people feel the need to take action, any action, to help."

The BBB warns that at least one charity scam has already emerged in the aftermath of the tragedy and more are likely to follow.

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