Since I'm a stay at home mom, I have access to the news all day. I'd never dream about turning on the TV in front of my kids, but I had my phone in my hand, waiting for more information the second the first bomb exploded. I spent the day on the floor with my kids playing with legos, cars, trains, and construction trucks and read thirty books about sharks. They had no idea anything was happening, but I was struggling to keep it together. Luckily the few acquaintances I have that ran in the marathon are ok, but so many aren't. I have no words, just so much sadness. The country reached out yesterday to show support to the victims and the city. Here are a few of my favorite images.

The Overpass Light Brigade, an activist group who typically shines messages over highways at night, changed their tax evader phrases to those conveying sorrow and support all over the country.





Athletes showed support too.
Phillies Pitcher Ben Revere

Coyote's Defenseman Keith Yandle

Chicago Tribune's Sports Page

London Marathon

Sports Illustrated

The guy that everyone saw fall after the first blast is Bill Iffrig, a well known Seattle-area runner. He's participated in 45 marathons and this was his third in Boston. And he's 78 years old! He said the blast took away his hearing and the shock wave caused his legs to buckle. He only got some scrapes and after a minute on the ground regaining his senses he was able to walk to the finish line with a race official.

Here's how YOU can help.

The Red Cross helped marathon runners, spectators, volunteers, and first responders get in touch with their loved ones. Donate here. The Salvation Army deployed canteen trucks and will stay at the Family Assistance Center as long as they are needed. Donate here. Ten victims were taken to Boston's Children's Hospital, which also provides guidance on how to talk to children after a tragedy. Donate here. Massachusetts General Hospital admitted and operated on 24 spectators. Donate here. Boston Medical Center treated 23 patients ranging from 5 to 78. Donate here. Citizens of Boston are housing those stranded in Boston. If you can share your home enter your information here


Mrs. Jones said...

Thank you for sharing the Dalai Lama quote. It's exactly what I needed to hear today.

Jodi said...

Good post. Hate that this happened but love all the support Boston is getting from all over the country/world.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I really do love how everyone comes together when these things happen.

Misty said...

What a great quote to end with. I think we all need to live it.

Amy Powell said...

it is so terribly sad.

and loved to learn more about that old man... very interesting.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

It was so terrible and then what happened in West Texas just so shocking, it was good that you didn't let your young children see all that terror.......

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Wonderful post, especially the quote at the end.

Philly had a billboard put up in Boston, I love it:

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

This is a great post.

I am proud that so many Americans are strong, and supportive and that we all pull together in times of need. I just wish that feeling would always last without terrorist threats. I love that many other countries are getting in on the support. It warms my heart.