In the wake of the bombings in Boston, I've been seeing a lot of statuses and journals saying things like "Pray for Boston". Well, that's all fine and dandy, but here's the thing: You're not doing anything. No, really, you're not. Prayer has no effect on someone's recovery or how they can get their lives back in shape after a traumatic event. All it does is make you feel better when you're really doing nothing.
Instead, I suggest this: DO SOMETHING.
Something as little as a "Get Well" card sent to an amputee victim can go a long way. I got hit by a car in November and after I got out of the hospital, some friends of mine sent a care package with a "Get Well Soon" balloon on it. It really made me feel a lot better. You could send care packages, teddy bears, CDs, or whatever you can think of to everyone affected by the bombing and it will really make them feel better.
Another thing you could do is to donate blood or money. I know hospitals will gladly take your blood. You could donate money to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. Hell, the hospitals treating the patients right now would appreciate your donation!
I'm not saying "don't show sympathy or express condolences", in fact far from it! Show sympathy and express condolences! It's better if you express this verbally to the victims, their friends and family instead of keeping it in your head.
Part of the reason I'm saying this is, admittedly partially inspired by my atheistic beliefs, but I also want people to actually do something to help people, not just sit around and act like they're doing something. Even donating a single penny id doing more than praying. TAKE ACTION!!!
Here's a YouTube Video explaining this thought process: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YyDtN…
The Huffington Post has a list of organizations to donate to: www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04…
PS: If you're going to donate, donate to legitimate groups. There are some groups that are essentially scams, one of which is using the picture of a young girl they claim is running in the marathon as one of the victims, but that's obviously a hoax.