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    Posted on Apr 19, 2013

    How You Can Help Boston

    These charities are providing care and support to victims of the marathon bombing, their families, and first responders still in the Boston area.

    1. The One Fund Boston

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    Set up by Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to aid those most affected by the marathon bombing. Donate here.

    2. Richard Family Fund

    John Wilcox/Boston Herald/MCT

    A fund for the family of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the bombing — donate in person at Salem Five banks in Massachusetts, or by mail at Salem Five, Attn: Richard Family Fund, 210 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970.

    3. Boston First Responders Fund

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    Set up by local police and firefighters in Boston. Donate here.

    4. Boston Children's Hospital

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    The hospital has a special Marathon Program — donations support the hospital's areas of greatest need as it continues to care for bombing survivors, including 11-year-old Aaron Hern, who's recovering from a severe wound to his leg.

    5. Celeste & Sydney Recovery Fund

    Via gofundme.com

    Celeste Corcoran lost her legs below the knee after the bombing, and her daughter Sydney suffered shrapnel injuries. Donate to their recovery fund here.

    6. The Red Cross

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    The charity is providing health care, emotional support, and meals to those affected by the bombing. Donate here.

    7. The Salvation Army

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    The Salvation Army has units on the ground in Watertown, Massachusetts, providing meals to first responders, and you can donate here.

    8. Lutheran Christian Charities Comfort Dog Ministry

    Chitose Suzuki/Boston Herald/MCT

    Lutheran Christian Charities has sent therapy dogs to help Bostonians — some visited victims in the hospital. You can donate to their therapy dog program here.

    9. Donate blood — later.

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    The Red Cross says it has enough blood now, but the blood supply may need to be replenished later, in the wake of such a large emergency. Blood donations tend to drop in summer, anyway, so the coming months will be a good time — if the marathon bombing made you want to donate, consider doing so anyway. The Red Cross has a tool to help you find where to donate.

    h/t: Christian Science Monitor

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