Target: The Lutheran Church Charities Therapy Animals
Goal: Thank The Lutheran Church Charities and their therapy animals for bringing comfort to those affected by the Boston Marathon Tragedy.
Boston Marathon runners were tragically caught in the midst of a bombing downtown Boston. Two bombs were detonated and three individuals died, with hundreds more critically injured, many losing limbs. In the aftermath of such a devastating event, The Lutheran Church Charities flew to Boston with their therapy dogs to bring much-needed comfort to the victims.
The dogs were stationed a few blocks away from the Boston Marathon’s finish line for anyone who might want to visit. The dogs also visited victims who were in the hospital recovering from injuries incurred during the bombing. The Lutheran Church Charities began the program after the Northern Illinois University shooting in 2008. Since then they have traveled with their dogs to bring comfort to victims of terrible tragedies, including the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. There are 67 dogs in the program.
Animals can provide comfort and joy that is very rare in times of crisis. Wilson’s (1984) biophilia hypothesis also suggests that if we see animals in a peaceful, calm state we tend to feel more safe and secure, and more at ease ourselves. This is incredibly important to ensure victims of tragedy that they are safe, and that they can feel at ease. Thank The Lutheran Church Charities and their therapy animals for comforting victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Dear Lutheran Church Charities,
Thank you, and your therapy animals, for bringing comfort to the victims of the bombing in Boston. The tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon was devastating, and community members desperately needed a reason to smile after experiencing such a crisis. Your therapy animals brought smiles to many faces. Thank you for sharing your therapy animals with both the community and the individual victims who were still in the hospital recovering from injury.
Animals bring so much joy and a sense of calm to humans. Victims of tragedy benefit from seeing and interacting with peaceful animals, as it gives them a feeling of safety and peace themselves. Thank you for bringing comfort and hope during this time of need. Please continue to share your therapy animals with individuals and communities in need.
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