$20 million raised for bombing victims in less than a week
April 25, 2013
The bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon in mid-April and the subsequent events that lead to the deaths of a police officer and one of the suspects, as well as the capture of the second alleged perpetrator, took the world by surprise. Citizens of Massachusetts have rallied together and are being supported by a number of local nonprofits to raise money for the victims.
One Fund Boston, for example, was created by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Tom Menino with the aim of donating all money received directly to the victims and their families. People from all over the globe have been using various platforms to give their money to the cause, and it's paid off. According to the Boston Globe, $20 million has already been raised by this organization alone.
The news source explained that within two weeks of the initial bombing, more than 50,000 individuals have given money, while 16 corporations have donated $15 million altogether.
Money isn't just coming in from personal and business checks. Some local companies are dedicating the proceeds from special sales to One Fund Boston. For instance, a separate article from the Globe revealed that athletic brand Saucony created special "#BostonStrong" medallions for sneakers, and the entire $5 price will be given to the nonprofit.
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