Updated 4/19/2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST
The explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday claimed three lives and injured 176 people, many of whom are facing amputations and other seriously life-altering injuries. As the survivors begin to face their “new normal” and families begin grieving for the loved ones they lost, relief organizations and grassroots campaigns are collecting donations to make sure that they have the funds they need move forward.
Find out how you can get involved below.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
- While waiting for their dad to cross the finish line, Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the blast and his younger sister, whose name has not been released, had her leg amputated in the aftermath. Their mother, Denise, was also hospitalized with serious injuries. To help the familiy get through this devastating period, friends and family have established the Richard Family Fund. Find out how you can support the Richards here.
- The LU Lingzi Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at Boston University in memory of the 23-year-old graduate student who was one of three people killed in the Boston Marathon bomb attacks. Find out how you can get involved here.
- Brothers Paul and JP Norden each lost their right legs following the Boston attacks and Paul’s girlfriend, Jacqui Webb, has already undergone two surgeries for shrapnel damage to her legs. To help the three victims pay for their overwhelming medical bills, friends and family have established the Jacqui, Paul and JP Recovery Fund. Find out how you can get involved here.
- In lieu of flowers, the family of Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old woman from Medford, Mass., who was killed in the explosions, has asked supporters to make donations to the Krystle M. Campbell Memorial Fund. Contributions can be sent to 25 Park St. Medford, MA 02155
- Jeff Bauman, a spectator who lost both legs in the aftermath of the blasts, will likely face hefty medical bills as he begins to recover. To help offset the costs, friends and family have launched the Bucks For Bauman fundraiser. Find out how you can get involved here. Bauman's family is also asking people to send letters of support to Jeff. Mail can be sent to: Jeff Bauman C/O Jen Joyce 117 Tyngsboro Rd. Westford, MA 01886 or Jeff Bauman C/O Jen Joyce P.O. Box 261 Chelmsford, MA 01824. Learn more about Jeff's progress on his Facebook support page.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- The One Fund Boston, Inc. was established by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the people most affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy. Find out how you can get involved here.
- The New England Patriots and New England Revolution Charitable Foundations are collecting funds to provide relief to victims. The Kraft Family announced it would match the first $100,000 in donations. Learn more here and here.
- The Salvation Army has deployed four mobile feeding kitchens and more than 30 volunteers to dispense food, drinks and emotional support in Boston. Find out how you can get involved here.
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