Deciding who benefits from donations in Boston
May 10, 2013
In the wake of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, many individuals and corporations donated a sizable amount of money to the victims and their families. Not just Bostonians, but others across the nation and around the globe gave funds to those affected by the bombing.
For instance, Mayor Tom Menino and Governor Deval Patrick created the One Fund Boston as a safe option to which people could give. But now, administrators are tasked with the challenge of splitting up the donated funds and deciding who gets what.
According to the official website, this will be no easy feat, as nearly $29 million was given - more than $12 million from the general public and almost $17 million from businesses.
The Boston Globe reported that the deciding factor will be the severity of loss and injuries. At a recent town hall meeting, leaders of the One Fund said that the families of the individuals who were killed, followed by those who suffered permanent brain damage and/or double amputations will receive the largest amount of compensation. The next tier will be made up of people who had to endure a single amputation, then those hospitalized at least overnight.
Individual cases, with doctors' notes, will be considered, the newspaper stated. Leaders made clear at the meeting that dollar amounts are not being discussed yet, as donations are still pouring in.
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