Strangers Offer Solace And Support In Midst Of Tragedy
By Kelly Darchuk
BU News Service
BROOKLINE—Jake Dore turned his apartment off of Beacon Street into a haven for the stranded. He ran water to people still on the street and allowed the outlets in his apartment to become a hub for charging phone batteries.
Michael Curtin jumped in to help Boston Marathon officials stop runners a little more than a mile from the finish line. He offered his cellphone and whatever support he could.
Christine Power opened her apartment to friends who needed comfort and companionship. The following Monday she began to collect donations in memory of the slain MIT officer at her job at the Jimmy Fund.
Dore, Curtin, and Power are among numerous Brookline residents who offered help in the aftermath of the Marathon Monday bombings last week and the ensuing manhunt over the weekend.
Sarah Tasciotti, 21, a friend of Dore’s, gave sweatshirts and blankets to runners. She doubts that Dore and his roommates, who own the shirts and blankets, will ever get them back.
“Totally worth it,” said Tasciotti.
“We just felt like we needed to do something,” said Curtin, 23.
He said he and his friends stepped in immediately when race officials began to stop the runners. They passed around their cellphones so that worried runners could contact and locate their family members.
Power packed friends into her living room to watch the news and comfort each other on Monday afternoon.
“People just needed to be together,” said Power, who works for the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber located in Brookline Village.