Boston Marathon: the kindness of strangers

Let the newscasts dwell on the injury, horror, pain and suffering. This is the real story. Thousands of Bostonians open their hearts and homes to runners and their families and any other displaced persons.

Update from Twitter:

@bostonponder

In just under an hour, over 2,000 people have volunteered to take people in if they need help. http://bit.ly/138trnw

a few samples of the 2,000 offers on the Google doc (probably many more by now):

  • I don’t live in the city–but can come get anyone who needs a place to stay
  • I … will drive to pick any runner up anywhere, I will do anything to help
  • We have plenty of space if you are looking for a spot. Please be safe!

  • I live in Hopkinton – but would happily drive anywhere to pick up a runner who needs food, shelter and comfort.
  • Food, room for 1 to stay, wifi, blankets, change of clothes, shower, car, parking space available

Update, 11:39 p.m.

@cyberjournalist11:39pm via HootSuite

RT @andrewphelps: That inspiring Google Doc of Bostonians opening their homes now has almost 5,000 entries….

@WSJ11:42pm via SocialFlow

“We’ll keep training harder, for the people who perished today,” says 2012 Boston Marathon champion. on.wsj.com/117rJim

Screenshot of Google doc sign-up

Online Sign-Up to offer help to Boston Marathoners and their families

Online Sign-Up to offer help to Boston Marathoners and their families

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