Heartfelt Prayers from RI to all of Boston

To all our family and friends in Boston, to Joyce Simon, my friend and fellow-LAR, to all the Go AU Pair‘s au pairs and families in the Boston area, to all runners and their families, our prayers go out for you and your loved ones. We hope that you are all safe with your families after the tragic events of this past Monday at the Boston Marathon. May God bless each of you and your families and friends. Give each other an extra hug and be a bit kinder to each other and to those around you.

I always tell my children that life is short and we should not go around being mean and selfish. That is, of course, harder said than done. The events of the past few days, in Boston and around the area, display the strength of the human spirit and the goodness of individuals. Yes, someone very evil with evil intentions committed a horrible act, but many more people ran to help those injured instead of ran away.Thank you to all the first responders, trained and untrained, who ran to help no matter what the cost. You became blessings to so many families on Monday and should be recognized.

Charity funds and walks are already being arranged to help those in need. If you feel you can help or just want to do something, BE VERY CAUTIOUS of giving any money to random charities. CNN recently advised its audience to look “to well-established national or regional charities who are promoting relief efforts” (Source: http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/17/pf/boston-marathon-charity/index.html). The Better Business Bureau of Michingan released its own guidelines to avoid being scammed: do some homework before donating, be suspicious and know where all of your donation will go, and go with familiar and more established charities and websites (Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/04/avoid_boston_marathon_charity.html).

One of the best things you may be able to do is to donate blood. The Rhode Island Blood Center has made televised appeals for people who are able to go and donate, as a very real and life-saving way to donate. As a former runner myself and a mother of at least two young women who are runners, one cannot imagine the terror and anguish felt by those in attendance as well as those watching or waiting from home. Although I have not personally attended the marathon in Boston, my oldest has already talked about wanting to participate. I am a blood and organ donor and appeal to each of my readers and my host families to make every effort in the coming week to take a half hour out of your day to donate blood.

If your childcare needs are changing, feel free to contact me about a cultural child care experience at jlowell@goaupair.com or 401.309.1925. My name is Joan Lowell and I am the Local Area Representative (LAR) for Go Au Pair in Providence, RI.

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