Atheist Groups Team Up to Fundraise for Boston Bombing Victims and Their Families

WeAreAtheism.com, the Boston Atheists, the Humanist Community at Harvard, and the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts have teamed up to do a little fundraising for the victims and families of the Boston bombing yesterday.

Over 150 people were injured and 3 died. We want to help. We helped raise over $25,000 for the victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre, in Newtown, CT. We decided to do it again. “Atheists Giving Aid” exists to respond in tragedies like this and provide a resource for non-believers (and others) to give money that will make it to the victims and their families without passing through ANY religious affiliated organizations. You can safely give us your money and know that we attach no religious messages or dogmas to it. We just want to help.

They’ve already raised over $8,400 in a few hours and all the money will be given to local agencies in Boston or directly to the families.

If you’d like to chip in, you can do so right here.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Zachary_Bos

    Thank you, Hemant, for helping to spread word.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Donated $150, and because I recently donated blood in support of Lauren Polzin who was injured in a gas explosion, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/03/23/helping-out-a-fellow-atheist/ I can’t immediately give blood, so I’ve scheduled another blood donation for as soon as the Red Cross allows.

  • Mario Strada

    I have a question that hopefully can be answered by somebody here. When these kind of tragedies happen, specifically terrorist bombings, what do the victims do for health care?

    Some of the injured from yesterday had limbs blown off, shrapnel in their brains I can’t imagine the care is free and I suppose not everyone has health care through their work.

    In addition, the post care cost for some of those injuries will be even more expensive, not to mention the psychological scars will also need some tending.

    I would think these money should go to those in more need, but also I cannot imagine that an hospital would charge $100 band aids to victims of a tragedy like this.

    Just wondering if anyone has read or knows the procedures.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

      in most cases, ERs must treat all comers, regardless of ability to pay. follow up visits are a different story and vary by state. MA has “obamacare” and has for a long time, relatively speaking, so all MA resident victims should be covered regardless. out of state folks it depends on where they seek post ER treatment and in what state.

      and you’re wrong: if the victims are insured, have no doubt that hospitals will charge “100$ for band aids.” that/s SOP in today’s health care reality. sadly.

  • abraham.lincoln.in.quran

    Read the story of Abraham Lincoln in Quran (words of the God) since more than 1400 years ago
    very great miracle

    http://abrahamlincolninquran.blogspot.ae/
    http://abrahamlincolninquran.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/AdamBrown1981 Adam Brown

    I run Atheists Giving Aid, with my wife Amanda Brown… SSA’s atheist activist of the year. Thank you to all of you that have helped.

    We don’t discriminate about who gives us funds or the people we help with the money. We don’t “preach” about atheism as we do it either. We simple have a place for people that feel uncomfortable giving their money to religious charities and would rather it go to a non-religious source. We aren’t sectarian and don’t seek money from only atheists… although 99% of the donations are from them. Believers have lots of places to donate… atheists don’t. And, the $21,000+ we received in the first 14 hours tells me I’m right.

    We want to help people first and foremost… but if we can help “atheism” have a better public face while doing it, then it’s a win-win situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/billhaines.net Bill Haines

    Also, if you’d like to donate specifically for secular folk severely injured…

    https://twitter.com/HarvardHumanist/status/324312180252094465

    http://www.gofundme.com/CelesteandSydney

    • Zachary_Bos

      And to contribute to a fund that is FROM specifically secular donors: weareatheism.com/donate/donation-wall-boston-tragedy/

  • nkrishna

    Two days late, but hopefully my dollars won’t come up short.


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