After writing “My Advice to New Moms in the Wake of the Terror in Boston,” I didn’t think I had much else to say about yesterday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon’s Finish Line. But then I started reading newspaper articles and watching more accounts of heroism from yesterday’s Marathon and I realized I wanted to write about the kindness of others.
The words of Mr. Rogers came to mind as I watched the news yesterday. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Yesterday there were myriads of first responders – doctors, nurses, athletic trainers, medical and nursing students, & paramedics – at the finish line of the Marathon. They volunteered thinking they’d be treating exhaustion, dehydration, and perhaps some heart-related issues. When the bombs exploded, police officers and medical personnel swarmed the area, triaging victims and administering care. But it wasn’t only the volunteer medical professionals who helped. Everyone from members of the media to bystanders moved barricades and assisted in the moments after the blast. Everyday people who could’ve run away from the carnage ran into it. I am humbled by these selfless people who, did not know whether or not another bomb would detonate, reached out to their fellow Bostonians to help.
Many members of our Slicer Community have written slices that reflect on yesterday’s tragic events. If you’re looking to connect with others, through writing, then please read some of the incredible slice of life stories by clicking here.
How can you help right now?
- Consider doing 26 Acts of Kindness (#26Acts2) in honor of those who were injured or lost their lives. The 26 Acts is in honor of the 26th mile where the bombs exploded. To learn more, click here.
- If you don’t already have it, consider getting CPR Certified through the American Red Cross. While there were scores of medical personnel around yesterday, the next tragedy’s victims might not be that fortunate. It’s up to all of us to know how to save a life by knowing CPR and other kinds of basic first aid in case, G-d forbid, we are ever in a situation where we have to be first responders (until trained medical personnel arrive). If you’re already certified, like me, then make sure you keep your certification current. If you’re not, please consider taking a class, which just takes a few hours on a weeknight or a weekend morning. Click here to find a First Aid and CPR Class near you.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.