UPDATED - In the wake of tragedy, we all want to reach out and help - here are the latest requests:
*Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. http://onefundboston.com/
*TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good), a project of the Boston technology community, has set up a fund in support of victims. All donations will go to the Red Cross, the Boston Children's Hospital, and other groups working with victims. Donate here.
*Concerned about a runner in the marathon? You can see his/her last check in on the Boston Marathon site. You can also track down a loved one through Google's Person Finder if you're concerned they might have been involved in the explosions.
*If you were in the area during the explosions, register your current status on the Red Cross Safe and Well site. This way, anyone looking for you can see that you’re alive and well. (Also, if you’re in downtown Boston right now, text message loved ones instead of calling. In this critical moment, it’s important to keep as much cell phone bandwidth open as possible.)
*Donate blood. It’s important, not just now, but always. You can make sure your city has enough blood in the event of a disaster by donating regularly. (In Boston? Here’s where you go.) Right now, there is plenty of donated blood in Boston to meet demand, according to the American Red Cross.
*The Boston Mayor’s 24-hour hotline is 617-635-4500. That’s the number to call for information about first responders. If you were in the area during the Boston Marathon explosions and saw anything, and feel like you might have information that’s helpful to investigators, call 1-800-494-TIPS.
*In you live in Boston and have extra space in your home, consider providing temporary lodging for those in the area who are stranded due to the bombing. You can fill out this form if you're stuck in Boston and need a place to stay, as well.
*Six runners ran the race as part of Team NewtownSTRONG, a scholarship fund benefiting the siblings of the victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School—with each mile dedicated to a different victim. "In the first 20 miles, we're honoring the 20 Sandy Hook first-graders [who were killed]," Laura Nowacki, a spokesperson for Newtown Strong, told WBUR radio before the race. "When we crest Heartbreak Hill and we're coming back towards Boston, we run the final six for our six fallen educators."According to a post on the group's Facebook page, all six finished the race before the bombings and were not among the victims.You can still make a donation to the Newtown Memorial Fund as families work to recover from that tragedy. Here are some other ways to support Newtown families.