I was sickened. The thought that anyone would want to harm these people – the runners who have worked so hard for so long to better themselves physically and push themselves mentally, their loved ones who came out to cheer them on and support them as they reached their goals – I just…I couldn’t understand it. I still can’t.
She was, thankfully, okay, but in lockdown in the building she was in.
Her tweets and instagrams in the coming days helped me feel connected to the people of Boston in a way that I imagine a lot of people would have if these social media networks would have been around when I was living here in NYC on September 11. I know my parents would have felt better if they could have seen the pictures I’d have taken of my neighborhood fire house, strewn with flowers and thank you cards. The candles left at the police station down the street from me. The faces smiling at one another on the street when days earlier, we’d only been strangers.
Even staying tied to the city and its progress in this way, it’s been hard to feel so helpless.
So when Vera asked if she could write something on here to let SG readers know how they could help the victims, I said, yes. obviously. of course. thank you. that would be amazing. yes. Read what she’s got to say about the fund set up for the city, and how you can help (in style, of course).
“I would like to thank Megan, your beautiful and intelligent Style Girlfriend, for reaching out to me after the Boston Marathon. You guys already know she’s amazing, but I just want to say it again. She. Is. Amazing. We are all so lucky to have her, not just because she helps men dress well, but because she is a genuinely good person, and she truly deserves an audience. Might I add, you are a really hot and well-dressed audience.
It is with great pride that I call Boston my home, because no matter what our individual experiences have been recently, every single person in this city has been focused on helping whoever needs it.
In the wake of everything that has happened over the last week and a half, there have been so many Boston-related products surfacing on the Internet, that it’s been hard to keep up. Some of the products have sold out, some of the products are not actually donating money to anything, and some of the products are only reaching people who are in the Boston area.
Since many people have yet to donate, but are looking for a way to do it, I decided to put together a list of items that are still available. Most importantly, profits will be donated to The One Fund.
The One Fund was formed for the specific purpose of benefiting the victims and their families. It is endorsed by the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Boston Marathon every year.
This is probably my favorite because it is simple and timeless. This is the T-shirt for everyone. If you’re not trying to make a statement, this is for you. What makes this different from some of the other T-shirts I’ve seen, is that this product is made in the USA. In fact, every product you will find at Hank is made in the USA. This isn’t just supporting Boston, this is supporting the whole country.
This was designed by two students at Emerson College in Boston with this year’s Boston Marathon colors in mind. They put it up hoping to to get 110 people to pledge an order so it could get picked up for production. Over 40,000 people pledged an order, and it has been so popular that it is now in its second phase of production.
Sox hat. Everybody needs one.
Adidas is an official sponsor of the Boston Marathon, and has been responsible for all official Boston Marathon apparel. Have you seen an official Boston Marathon track jacket? It’s always Adidas. They designed this with the badass Boston Athletic Association unicorn logo underneath. This is the most official tribute T you can get.
If you’re Irish and you like basketball, this is for you.
…I hope this helps, and if you choose not to buy any of these products, or donate, that’s okay too. The tradition of the Boston Marathon has always been about celebrating the courage and strength that Boston, and our country, is founded on. It is about keeping the human spirit alive, and about inspiring each of us to do and to be better.
The greatest tribute you can offer is to be a good person, and to be proud of it. If you do that, you will change lives.
From Boston with love,