First of all, let me just express my sympathy towards the Boston marathon runners and citizens that were affected by the bombs. I am so sorry that this has happened to you. None of you deserved this.
Next, let me express my degree of anger towards the flipping idiots that decided to bomb innocents. Why the frick did you decide to do this. For God’s sake, people are dead now. One of them was an 8 year old boy, dammit. He was younger than my little sister. He was a fecking third grader.
What was the point? Please, enlighten me, because right now I see no point. There is no joy in death. Oh, and look at all the people speaking out against you. You have united us against you (like the Harry Potter fans unite against Umbridge). Go look on Tumblr, for a start. Read the comments on Yahoo, the Huffington Post, and the NY Times. Log onto Twitter and Facebook.
Ugh. We are humans, and I cannot believe this kind of crap still happens. It’s 2013. Seriously.
If you have even half a Grinch-sized heart, you’re still going to be moved by this, right?
So do what I’m doing. Read this article first, and decide what you want to do to help. The residents of Boston are opening their homes to stranded runners, because many hotels and most ways of public transportation have shut down. Local businesses are offering everything from free wifi to free food.
So what can you do? Donate something to the organizations that are helping. Perform a Random Act of Kindness. Perform millions of RAKs, all in the name of the Boston Marathon runners. Write a letter or two to them here. In fact, I’ll give you the address to send your letters to.
26 Acts of Kindness at PO Box 185083, Hamden, CT 06518
Need some ideas for RAKs? Here you go.
- Buy a meal for that homeless person you always pass on the way to work/Walmart/school/anywhere.
- Give a crying person a hug.
- Pick up that trash you see on the sidewalk. Don’t walk past it like you’d normally do.
- Help a lost kid find their parents.
- Donate a bunch of clean clothes, bedding, or toys to a homeless shelter.
- Talk to the new kid.
- Help up someone who’s fallen.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- If you’re on the bus or the subway, give your seat up for someone who looks like they need a break.
- Help someone keep a street creeper away. Threaten him with your keys if you need to.
- Buy ice creams for an elementary school class.
- Buy a box of ice creams and leave them at the door of a neighbor with a bunch of kids.
- Say ‘hi’ and/or smile at someone as you walk past.
- Do as Buzzfeed did and hand out flowers to everyone you pass.
- Get off your lazy arse and play with your dog outside.
- Stick a dollar or two in an envelope and tape it to a vending machine with a note saying ‘This is a Random Act of Kindness. Use this money for a snack!’ written on it.
- This is the most important one of all; pass it on.