The tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday couldn’t stop the human spirit as countless people demonstrated with overwhelming acts of kindness.
Showing indomitable spirit, stories are starting to emerge of runners, spectators and Boston residents jumping in to help out the injured, first responders, lost runners and more.
Perhaps most selfless were the runners participating in the race who ran as soon as they heard the bombs go off – ran to try and be of immediate assistance to the injured. According to an ABC News report, a number of racers immediately ran toward the chaos to help others.
Among those helping was former New England Patriot Joseph Andruzzi, who was at the race in support of his cancer foundation. ABC news captured Andruzzi on video carrying an injured woman to safety.
Among the other acts of kindness was one unnamed Boston resident giving runners orange juice and offering refreshments. Other Boston citizens were doing the same, offering up shelter, food and warm showers to runners trying to help in any way they could.
A number of runners also crossed the finish line and continued to run, this time to Mass General Hospital to give blood to the victims. Thanks to their actions, the American Red Cross reported that there was enough blood on the shelves to meet demand.
As the situation settles in Boston, there is one thing we can be sure of: more tales of heroism and acts of kindness will be heard, showing humanity’s strength, resilience and fortitude.