So what’s going on in Boston right now is pretty fucking scary, right? And, like me, you’re probably sitting in front of your computers in varying places around the world, feeling pretty helpless.
I know I am. I never know what to say when things like these happens. But it occurred to me, as I was reading through the news, that a lot of the people that follow me here have one thing in common - a burning love for Captain Marvel. And you know where Carol Danvers is from? Boston. So here’s what we’re going to do, Carol Corps!
If you are in the local area, and you want to donate blood, fucking kudos! The Red Cross has announced that they are currently fine with blood, but they WILL need more over the next week to replenish supplies that will be used today and tomorrow. Find your local Red Cross here, and call to see if they are in need.
More than blood, the Red Cross are going to need funds. Disasters like this are going to tap emergency services dry, so if you can donate, DO DONATE. This is the perfect thing to do for those of us not in the area, who can’t donate blood for any reason, like me. I know a lot of us are financially strapped right now, but $5 isn’t much, right? If 100 people donate $5, suddenly you have an ass-crap-ton of money. Let’s get a donate chain going, Carol Corps! If you were setting aside some money for my next commission sale, I would much rather you donate it today!
Now, let’s take care of ourselves. I’m following the BBC for news updates, because I personally find a lot of american news stations to be biased and kinda scary. But Wolf Blitzer had a moment of wisdom in which he urged people not to jump to conclusions. As yet, no group of organisation has claimed responsibility for these explosions. We do not know who caused them. Please don’t panic, and don’t jump to unfounded conclusions!
If you are trying to find someone that was at the marathon today, you can use this form to do so. Reconnect with friends and family here. If you are shaken or upset by any of this, THAT IS FINE. Just because you are not directly affected does not mean you are not susceptible to distress or shock. Matt Fraction posted an extremely helpful entry right here. Take care of yourselves.
Wrapping up, I want to post a quote that I have seen making the rounds on twitter and tumblr thisafternoon. I never had the pleasure of watching Mr. Rogers when I was little, but I found a lot of comfort in this. Guys, we are legion, we are a great group of people, and there are ways in which we can help ourselves, and eachother. Carol Corps, mobilize!
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”—Fred Rogers