Boston officials would do well to emulate OKC Community Foundation's work

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: April 29, 2013
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This is good. Some needs linger longer than others. To this day, the fund pays for counseling of many first responders who helped pull people from the Murrah Building's rubble, as well as family members of the victims. Counseling remains one of the most common requests for assistance received by the foundation. Such requests typically spike when events like the Boston attack occur.

At the same time, about a dozen bombing victims were left with significant, long-term physical and mental injuries — including individuals who were children in the Murrah building's day care center. They will need lifelong aid. At some point, much of the fund's activity will focus solely on helping those victims, and rightfully so.

Despite the grousing of a vocal, disgruntled minority, the vast, silent majority of bombing survivors are grateful for the assistance of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its diligence in managing disaster funds.

Having a carefully devised plan, like that developed over time in Oklahoma City, is crucial if Boston is to address the many needs of all those affected directly and indirectly by the marathon bombing. But most of all, Boston officials must realize the limits of charity.

As Steve Davis, chairman of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation notes, “No amount of benefits is going to fix the hole in your heart.”

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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