Milford High senior helps Boston bombing victims
MILFORD — Though he wasn’t there when the Boston Marathon bombings took place, Mitchell Banuskevich felt the tragedy hit close to home and he wanted to do something to honor the victims.
With the help of the American Red Cross, he is doing just that.
On Friday, July 19, from 1 to 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Banuskevich, 17, will host a Red Cross blood drive and collect money for the One Fund, which benefits victims of the bombings.
Banuskevich, who will be a senior at Milford High School in the fall, said he was working at his job at Market Basket when friends started texting him about the bombings during the Boston Marathon on April 15.
Three people were killed and more than 250 injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line on Boylston Street.
“It happened so close to us,” he said. “I had friends down there who witnessed it. I felt like I had an obligation to do something to help.”
Banuskevich, a member of St. Patrick’s Church, said that by organizing the blood drive he hoped to help the Red Cross serve its mission of helping others, while also paying tribute to those who were killed and injured during the bombings.
“If it had been my family, or my friends who were lost, I would want people to do things to honor them,” he said.
Banuskevich said that he recalls vague memories of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001.
“I remember being taken out of school and the feeling of panic,” he said.
The Boston Marathon bombings brought that feeling back, said Banuskevich, but this time he is old enough to do something to make a difference.
Though the blood drive may not directly benefit the victims, it does help people remember what they endured during the attack.
“I believe that every little bit helps,” said Banuskevich, “and it’s important that people don’t forget what happened.”