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April 18, 2013

Marathon attacks spur generosity, some scams

When explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday, people stepped up.

Police, athletes, firefighters, medical personnel and ordinary citizens put their own lives on the line to help those wounded by the bombs.

Since, many others have stepped up, too, with money.

Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced Tuesday the creation of The One Fund Boston to raise money for the victims and their families. John Hancock insurance company immediately donated $1 million. Others followed that lead. The Boston Bruins, team owner Jeremy Jacobs, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association contributed a combined $250,000.

The American Red Cross received such an overwhelming response from the public, it announced it had enough blood — for now.

The organization and Boston hospitals treating the wounded said they would need more donations in the days and weeks ahead.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family vowed to match $100,000 if that amount is donated through the Patriots’ website.

Nose tackle Vince Wilfork and new wide receiver Danny Amendola stepped up, too. Amendola is donating $100 for every pass he catches this season, $200 for every one he drops.

Dozens of restaurants banded together yesterday to donate 10 to 25 percent of the evening’s proceeds to The Greg Hill Foundation, founded three years ago to help families affected by tragedies.

The restaurants include the local Salvatore’s chain, China Blossom in North Andover and Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, N.H.

Tuscan Kitchen owner Joseph Faro said donating 25 percent of last night’s proceeds was the least he could do. He said several of his employees were near the finish line when the two bombs detonated.

“They are OK, but they were very saddened by it and shaken,” he said. “We thought it was the best we could do to help.”

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