April 15, 2018 marks five years since the Boston Marathon bombings, and it is also the fourth annual 'One Boston Day,' a day of service in the community to celebrate the city's resilience following the 2013 attacks.
"One Boston Day has turned the Marathon into a movement our entire city has rallied around, spreading the message of kindness and goodwill across the world," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said. "April 15 will forever be a day that represents the resilience of the human spirit, and I hope everyone can mark this day in a way that showcases the very best of our city and its people."
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Blood drives, thanking Boston's veterans, a sneaker drive and school cleanups are just some of the events that are happening on the day that encourages random acts of kindness and spreading goodwill across the city with activities that give back to the community.
The Boston Strong blood drive is being held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on Dalton Street until 2 p.m. Blood donations were a vital part of the response to the tragedy and played a big role in helping to treat the hundreds of injured.
People are encouraged to share their plans for One Boston Day on social media using the hashtag #OneBostonDay.
Early Sunday morning, many city officials and other organizations across Massachusetts had already shared messages of solidarity on social media.