So many people want to lend help or some kind words or give blood or do something in the days following a tragedy, regardless if they live near or quite far.
One only wants to act and do something significant, a gesture sure to have benefits both for those grappling with what's happened and those closer to home.
Bruins for Boston is one immediate and meaningful route to helping those who impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings. UCLA will hold a symbolic marathon at noon on Tuesday, April 23, but there are more activities planned.
At the heart of the day is a mammoth letter-writing effort. Starting at 11 a.m., students, faculty, Westwood neighbors, and anyone who wants to stop by will pen notes to victims of the Monday, April 15 bombings and to the families as well.
Also the first responders, so many of whom we feel like we now know through photos, will also be note recipients. Want to say thank you for their heroic efforts? Here's your chance.
The symbolic marathon follows the note writing, and a blood drive at the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center is the day's ongoing event. That's on all afternoon, from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.