Hi, peeps. Horrific day.
I’ve seen some of the video and a lot of images circulating online of the terrible events unfolding in Boston today. Many were graphic. Others showed the sidewalks after people had been taken away, deserted and stained with blood. Reports on the news emanating from area hospitals speak of limb losses, amputations, and shrapnel. Some people lost their limbs at the scene. Two people — including an 8-year-old child — have died thus far. One hundred thirteen, some reports say, are hospitalized. Something like twenty of those are in critical condition.
I went back and looked at some of the images and video again. I don’t know why. Maybe some macabre need to feel connected to my fellow humans in this time of grief and distress. The second time, I saw something more than the wounds, the damage, the bloody sidewalks. I saw dozens of first responders, dozens of police officers and military personnel engaged in helping and treating the wounded. I saw many regular citizens also helping, and these helpers running right into the carnage to do what needed to be done and lend aid where they could. And I’m hearing stories now about how thousands of local people have offered others places to stay in the wake of this terrible, terrible event.
I’m holding on to that, because I don’t know what else to do or how else to process.
To help, here are some online resources:
NPR offers some links
MSNBC offers some links to help, as well.
The Red Cross is taking donations. You can also text a $10 donation to them at 90999.
Google has set up a person finder site.
Boston officials have a phone number for people to call if they’re looking for information about loved ones: 617-635-4500. Please don’t call it unless you really are looking for a loved one in the Boston area.
The Boston Globe has set up a site for people in Boston willing to put people up for the night.
It also has a site for people who need a place to stay.
For those place to stay links, please don’t use them unless you are actually in the Boston area. Keep the links free for those who really need them. Thanks. Keep in mind cell phone service is touch and go right now because everybody is trying to get through to everybody else in the area. If you’re in the area, stick to texting or emailing (if you can). Keep your fellow humans in your thoughts, friends. We need all kinds of love and healing right now.
It’s amazing the feeling of helplessness one feels when so far away. I keep crying, and wondering at the lack of humanity even when it’s balanced with the beauty of humanity.