Spontaneous acts of kindness energize Boylston Street
BOSTON (WHDH) -- There were emotional visits to Boylston Street Thursday as runners, strangers and victims paid tribute to the growing memorial.
“It helped us. It helped us a lot being there in some way -- some intangible way. We thought it might be able to help him too,” said Katherine Hern, mother of marathon bombing victim.
Eleven-year-old Aaron Hern, hurt by shrapnel while waiting for his mother at the finish, was on his way to the memorial when a police officer took a pin from his own uniform and presented it to the young athlete who says he's feeling better.
“Still a little hard to do the things I used to,” said Aaron Hern, injured in the blast.
The family from the San Francisco area says the love and support from Boston is overwhelming.
“I can’t say enough about how amazing the staff was at Children’s Hospital,” Katherine Hern said.
There were spontaneous sparks of joy in the middle of stores reopening, like Marathon Sports, located at the site of the first blast.
“It was raining money!” one man said.
Someone threw two-dollar bills out a window to the delight of passers-by.
“Just money drifting down and people just scrambling around on the street picking up two-dollar bills,” said Phil Littlefield, who grabbed some of the bills.
Among the visitors to the site of the marathon bombings Monday, Mayor Menino showed his support by having lunch at Solas.
Visitors to Boylston all seem to agree: terror might have rocked the marathon finish line, but the human spirit and love will be the ultimate winners.
“It was a terrible thing that happened, but the silver lining is obviously how many good people there are here,” said Alan Hern, victim’s father.