Boston Marathon Tragedy: How You Can Help

Rescue organizations are on the scene of the Boston Marathon tragedy on Monday, but there are things that you can do to help...

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In the wake of Monday's awful tragedy in Boston, you may be wondering what you can do to help, so...How You Can Help:

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have formed The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy. Find out how you can get involved here.

Cell phone service has been shut down in the city. If you're looking for information on someone who was running the Marathon, Google has set up a People Finder -- you can also use it to submit information about a person. Families of victims can also use the Mayor's Hotline for information: 617-635-4500. Or use the Red Cross site, see below.

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts has opened a disaster operation center and is asking locals to notify loved ones of their whereabouts on the organization’s website.

The Red Cross says the best way to help right now is to get in touch with loved ones through its Safe And Well Listings. The organization is not asking for blood donations at this time thanks to many donations from people seeking to help. But check their website often in case this changes.

The Salvation Army has deployed four mobile feeding kitchens and more than 30 volunteers to dispense food, drinks and emotional support in Boston. One canteen is stationed at the Family Assistance Center at the Park Plaza Castle where survivors and first responders are congregating. Find out how you can get involved here.

Some marathon runners are stranded in Boston and in need of places to stay. Boston.com reports that they'll be setting up a Google doc where runners who need a place to stay can find lodging, and those who have lodging available can post details. Check back on their site for more information soon. Update: The Google doc is now live. Find out how you can offer housing here.

Boston Police are looking for tips, anyone with info about the incident can call 617-635-4500 or 1-800-494-TIPS.

Our thoughts are with everyone in Boston right now, stay safe. Cheers to the first responders who did an amazing job of responding to the call to duty.

Most businesses will be open in the area, although the JFK Library will be closed Tuesday, April 16.

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