From local restaurants offering free food to residents opening up their homes as many area hotels remained shuttered, Boston is banding together to feed and shelter those affected by Monday's terror.
As word spread of the powerful bombs around mile 26 of the Boston Marathon, small-business owner Garrett Harker and his staff sprung into action. Restaurant Eastern Standard staff in Kenmore Square quickly grabbed whatever food was available. Grilled cheese sandwiches, baskets of fruit, granola bars. Water. Coffee to brace against the post-run chill.
'We Are Not Afraid'
"We wanted to do anything we could to improve the situation," said Molly Hopper, a manager at Eastern Standard. On Patriot's Day, an annual rite of spring that many look forward to, locals immediately shifted to all-hands-on-deck and helped stranded runners and others, shocked by the bombings and wandering the streets.
"It was pretty eerie," Hopper said.
El Pelon Taqueira, another restaurant in Kenmore Square and near the Fenway ballpark, quickly Tweeted out: "We have cold drinks, bathrooms, place to charge a phone and a calm place to sit." Declared another Tweet, "We are not afraid."