Donate to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Adam Brown over at WeAreAtheism is doing that charity thing again.  He’s trying to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.  He tells a pretty touching story:

I had to explain this to my daughter the night of the bombing. She’s almost 5 (in a few months) and old enough to be told about bad things that happen in our world. She saw it on the news and wanted to know what it was. I explained that some bad people wanted to hurt others to make a point. I told her the people that got hurt and those that dies weren’t guilty of anything… they just wanted to cheer on people in a race. I reminded her that her mommy and daddy try to help in situations like this and that we were going to raise money to help the victims recover and worry less about medical bills and financial struggles associated with events like this.

She walked out of the room, without saying a word, and came back with $1.00 from her piggy bank, and declared, “Daddy, I want to help.” I cried, hugged her, and thanked her for being a wonderful, caring, empathetic little girl. If my 4 and a half year old can spare a dollar for people in need, how much can you give?

It made me smile because many fully grown religious adults can’t seem to figure out that in the absence of religious commands to be charitable we’d still have compassion.  And yet, here we have a four year old who figured it out.

Here’s what I’d like: I’m going to donate $20.  Sue me, I’m a writer and I’m poor.  But it’s a good cause.  I’d like to ask everybody who reads this to donate $1.  If you can pitch in more, that’s ok too.  But I know this site has a few thousand regular readers.  If we all donate $1, that’s a few thousand bucks.  Were you the one sitting in the stands that day, or if it had been your children, you’d want people to do the same.

Let’s help out because with no god doing anything to help it’s up to people.  Let’s take up that charge like it means something.


I will also donate an additional dollar for everybody who leaves a comment saying they are donating (or have donated) blood before the end of the week.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    I don’t have the money to spare, but I will be donating blood. Something that will desperately be needed.

    • JT Eberhard

      Even better! Good for you, Glodson!

      • Glodson

        Thanks. Now the trick for me is to not pass out while doing so. God, I hate needles so much. But people need help, and this is a reminder that giving blood is something most of us can do even if short on money.

  • JT Eberhard

    Glodson inspired an edit at the bottom of the post. I’ll donate a dollar for him and everybody else who doesn’t have much money but who can donate blood.

  • Stephanie Hamar

    Donated. Thanks for this link! Great idea to match blood donations! Here’s the link to the Red Cross page (blood drive locator at top right):

    • Stephanie Hamar

      I only donated money, if that’s not clear. My blood is far away in Alaska, and not B-vitamin-saturated enough to share, according to the medical folks.

      • Nate Frein

        To be fair, my understanding is that a portion of the blood that the Red Cross receives is sold to generate cash for operating costs. So blood given in Alaska can be turned into money to help with efforts in Boston (which, I want to state, I have no problem whatsoever with). Of course, if they don’t want your blood in the first place there’s not much you can do.

        Unfortunately, I can’t give blood because I like to play with teh menz now and then so my blood is tainted somehow.

  • WonkoTheSane

    I donated $5. Wish I could give more, but working in retail doesn’t give you much extra. Thanks for the link, JT. I’m just glad I could donate through a worthwhile organization.

  • John H

    Donated $1. Also giving blood today :)

  • BionicWoman

    Unfortunately, I’m one of those freaks who likes to shove metal through their bodies so I’m barred from donating blood for a while. I will donate money however, probably $20 because I haven’t gotten paid yet and don’t have money in my account.

  • Victoria

    I made an appointment to donate blood next Friday!

  • GCT

    I went ahead and left work so that I can go donate blood, and I’ll be putting in a monetary donation as well. Also, for those of us who are in the Boston area, has links allowing us to open our houses up to people who may be stranded and are looking for a place to stay. I’ve added my name to that list as well.

    Even if you can’t donate blood today, please make time to do it later in the week, especially if you’re local. With so many injuries I’m sure that it will be needed, even if only to restock depleted inventories.

    • GCT

      Finally got around to donating $100.

  • Derek

    Aww man JT gets out of a dollar for me…I cant donate blood again till July. I will certainly be passing on some dollars though.

  • Ma Nonny

    Donated $. Thanks for bringing the link to our attention.

  • M

    I donated $20. I’d give blood too, but I don’t weigh enough. You have to weigh 110 lbs for them to take your blood; otherwise they think you don’t have enough and you’ll pass out.

    • Glodson

      Some of us pass out anyways….

      We shall see if I can even manage to retain consciousness.

      • Carina

        Our thoughts (but not prayers) are with you Glodson. You can do it!

      • M

        Good luck! I would send you good vibes if they actually existed.

  • Avery Thompson

    I donated blood a week ago. Does that count?

    • JT Eberhard

      Yup. :)

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    It would do blood drives a lot of good if we could get them to overturn their ridiculous ban on “men who have had sex with men” giving blood.

    Ironically* the reason I can’t give blood because I spent too long in London during the IRA’s multi-decade terrorist bombing campaign.

    *Not actually ironic

  • Zed

    I can’t donate blood for a few reasons, but I’ll throw some monies at it.

  • John Horstman

    Our campus has our regularly-scheduled blood drive set for next week Tuesday, so I’m just going with that (I donate every time – we just have a recurring donation drive about every two months, which is the mandated recuperation time from whole blood donation before donating again). As a side note, I lodge a complaint every time about the fact that they apparently find it perfectly reasonable to ask about all sorts of confidential health information but not specific high-risk acts for the transmission of HIV and other STIs and instead ban men who have had sex with a man since AIDS hit. Especially at a large, urban, public university, they’re cutting out a big chuck of the potential donor pool; at this point, the policy is both morally and pragmatically wrong.

    I also sent a bunch of cash (though I would, of course, rather be paying it in the form of taxes that fund a public health care system such that everyone injured would not need to worry about paying for medical care in the first place).