Tuesday, April 16, 2013

YDM Stands with Boston

Dear friends,

Yesterday, we honored the courage of generations past and present on Patriots' Day and the fearless perseverance of the runners in the Boston Marathon. Our celebration was interrupted by two explosions – explosions that left many of us with a violated sense of safety in the wake of tragedy.

Thankfully, in the midst of such disaster, we have local heroes in our police officers, first responders, EMT professionals, Marathon volunteers, doctors and nurses, and the courageous fans who immediately jumped to the aid of the injured and scared. Our hearts are with the victims and their families.

As we look forward and recover, you might be wondering how to help. We've offered a few options below and hope that taking action will begin the process of healing.
  • The Red Cross currently has enough blood to address the present demand. However, given the large number of patients, that supply will need to be replenished soon. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment in the coming weeks to donate.
  • The Salvation Army is offering nourishment and crisis counseling to survivors and first responders. Find out how you can get involved here.
  • If you have any information about the incident, please call 1-800-494-TIPS. If you have any personal pictures or video from the event, please e-mail them to the FBI at Boston@ic.fbi.gov.
As young people guided by a love of our Commonwealth and making it a better place for generations to come, we know how important it is to pick up the pieces and build something even stronger. Let our actions in response to yesterday's events echo the words of President Obama in his address to the country: "Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city." Make sure your loved ones know how much you care, continue to show kindness to strangers, and be strong for those suffering in your midst. Reach out, give hope. Today, we are all Bostonians.

In solidarity,

The Young Democrats of Massachusetts

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