Boston – We Can Help.

by Lain Ehmann on April 16, 2013

photoThis is a picture of Kinsey, half a block from where the third bomb was discovered.

15 minutes before the explosions rocked downtown Boston, my kids and I were there. RIGHT THERE.

But this is not about us. It is about those who need our help.

My heart now aches – for those injured, of course, but also for the thousands of people like us who will forever remember being “right there.” I also feel so very, very sorry for whoever is responsible for this horrific act. How much they must hurt inside to feel that the only way they can make their voice heard is through the senseless damage to others.

At the same time, I’m keeping my eyes on the images of those who ran TO the blasts, civilians, soldiers, volunteers, and emergency response teams. Their first thought was not of themselves, but of how they could help others. THAT is the image I want seared in my brain.

And that is how I want to respond — by helping. WE ARE NOT HELPLESS. We are not at the whim of the forces of evil and destruction. We can overcome this tragedy with love, prayer, and our support.

I have donated to the Greg Hill Foundation, a charitable foundation started by a local media celeb to respond to immediate crises in the New England area. The foundation has pledged all of its current donations to helping those affected by the bombings.


I’m also committing to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from a special sale to the foundation. If you purchase the “Traffic Jam” scrapinar, you can use code BOSTON to receive $12.95 off and get this one-hour video class for only $5. THE ENTIRE PURCHASE PRICE WILL BE DONATED TO HELP THE BOMBING VICTIMS. It’s the least I can do to help those who have lost so, so much.

Whatever you can do – pray, hug a friend, be a little nicer to someone who usually drives you nuts — DO IT TODAY.

I refuse to sit quietly and let negativity, fear, and blame win.


  • Patti Tucker

    Glad you and your children are physically okay! I pray that all of you heal quickly from the mental trauma!

  • jennifer morrill

    Lain–thank you so much for the wise words on a sad day. We must not let negativity, fear and blame win. Our prayers are with the victims and their families and the Boston community!

  • Lisa R

    Lain ~ I’m so glad and thankful you and your family are safe! I agree with you; we can’t live by fear. Be kind, Love and support each other. Thanks for all you are doing to support Boston. xoxo

  • Debora Goss

    Wow! I am so thankful you and your kids left. That really brings it home when someone you “know” was there. I do not understand such hate. May God bless and keep us safe.

  • RitaQ

    Lain… I’m forwarding this blog post to OMA (a masters runners association in Ontario, Canada). They are doing a Run for Peace today (Tues) in honour of those hurt yesterday. I’m sure some of them may want to help through the Foundation.

  • Sharon Maxwell-Tipping

    Lian so glad you and yours are safe. What you are doing with the foundation gives us all a way to help. You may want to send your photos to authorities so they can see the time immediately before the bombs went off.

  • dramaqueensmum

    I think I will donate to Hillman’s foundation too. I’m from Lynn.

  • Barb Macaskill

    So glad you and your family are safe! I wilsh there was mo;re we could do to help than just donating money! Release the fear and focus on the good!

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  • Vickie Turcotte

    I don’t have a blog, but thanks for the info about the Greg Hill foundation. I’ve made a donation directly to them. So glad you’re safe and I think it’s fabulous that you’re donating your proceeds. You’ve inspired me in more than scrapping!

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  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    THANK YOU from your friends in Boston!

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    You are fab. Thank you!

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    It’s touched all of us. HUGS!

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