Tragedy in Boston: How to help

Updated 11:24 AM EDT, Tue April 30, 2013

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The city of Boston has established "One Fund Boston" to raise money for victims

The Red Cross has several programs and information about dealing with an emotional crisis.

The Salvation Army is providing food and pastoral care

Numerous crowd-funding campaigns for individual victims

(CNN) —  

Patriots Day is the third Monday in April marking the anniversary of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is also the date for the Boston Marathon every year. It is meant to be a joyful celebration for the city, but yesterday that all changed.

Tragedy struck and lives were changed forever after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon. Instead of celebrating the city, a nation now mourns the loss of three and the injuries of more than 100. But true to the American spirit, there are people and organizations on the ground helping the victims, and you can join their efforts.

One Fund Boston

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston’s Mayor Tom Menino,along with the city, have established the ‘One Fund Boston’. “At times like this we are one state, one city and once people,” Governor Patrick said. The fund has already raised over $23 million, which will go towards victims and their families most affected by the bombings.