Boston Bombing: An Emotional First Aid Kit

Darren McCollester/Getty ImagesOnce again, senseless carnage has been visited upon the innocent. And once again, we are following the terrible events and their aftermath with an all-too familiar mix of shock, sadness and anger. Here at Reader’s Digest, as we have struggled to process the news from Boston, we have taken comfort in the stories of the heroes who ran toward the danger, and in moving columns like this one by the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, which quickly spread across social media today.

Here in New York City, home to our editorial offices, the bombings had special resonance and New Yorkers swiftly reached out to the people of Boston. One of our favorite expressions of solidarity was this image, which instantly reversed decades of sports rivalry. Boston is a major sports town, of course, and the Chicago Tribune used its sports page to offer this unique tribute.

The kindness of strangers has been everywhere in evidence, from this remarkable list of people opening their Boston homes to out-of-towners in need of a place to stay, to these Random Acts of Pizza.

But it was the late Mr. Rogers, of all people, who got to the heart of the matter, as he was always wont to do. His words of wisdom, shared by millions on Facebook and Twitter, get us through the worst of times because they speak to what is best in us: “Look for the helpers.”

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