I participated in a video-conferenced lecture last night and had the opportunity to speak with a classmate who lives and works just several minutes from the Boston Marathon finish line. I found myself feeling the same way I’ve felt every time I try to start a post on the subject: speechless. While I’m not currently in Boston, I have lived in Cambridge off-and-on for the past several years. Receiving emails from school officials and talking with classmates makes the experience all the more haunting. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the area, and everyone affected. The Harvard Gazette featured an article on the death of Krystal Campbell, daughter of a Harvard Business School employee – I encourage you to read it here.
I can’t begin to think of words that will bring enough comfort to ease the pain of what happened. So instead, I’ve tried to organize a few ways that all of us can help:
- Donate to OneFundBoston (organized by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino)
- If you buy an Adidas Boston Tribute Tee all proceeds will go to OneFundBoston
- Donate to or volunteer with the Red Cross
- Donate to the Salvation Army
- Donate to Boston’s Children’s Hospital
- Review this CNN article (towards the end) to learn how to donate to specific families affected by the tragedy