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Boston-area churches respond to marathon bombing

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BOSTON (WordNews.org) April 17, 2013 — Churches throughout Boston and the surrounding region are opening their doors to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

A website was launched by TechMission, the Emmanuel Gospel Center and the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston. They are partnering with hundreds of churches in the Boston area to providing a single site for those looking for help.

The site’s creators said the goal of the site was to enable Boston’s church community to connect with and offer help to victims. The site enables people to post availability of housing, meal delivery and other needs. One professional counselor has already offered to donate free trauma counseling.

“As a father of two young boys, I went to bed crying [Monday] night about the pain that the Richard family and others must be feeling,” said Andrew Sears, executive director of TechMission, explaining his motivation for setting up the site.

Eight-year-old Martin Richard was one of the three victims killed in the blast Monday.

“In the morning I cried again as I was reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan helping someone who had been beaten up and left for dead, and I thought ‘That is what Christians should be doing right now,’” Sears said. “So within a few hours, we had a website up and partnerships with church networks across Boston to help the victims.”

One of the main goals of the site is to help churches provide the long-term care needed for the families that were victimized by the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Churches throughout Boston and surrounding regions, such as Swampscott, Danvers, Hingham and Wayland have held or are holding events for those impacted by the tragedy.

TechMission is a Christian nonprofit organization that runs ChristianVolunteering.org as well as a national AmeriCorps program.

For more information, visit www.techmission.org or www.BostonMarathonSamaritans.org .

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