SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In the days since the Boston Marathon, many people have been looking for a way to help those affected by the bombings.

Several Mainers said they found a way to help -- in the Maine Mall parking lot.

The American Red Cross held a blood drive at the mall Thursday.

The drive was scheduled well before the Boston Marathon, and it was not a blood drive for Boston hospitals -- but some donors said it was a way to help and show support.

"With all that's going on in the world, to do something like this, real quick and easy -- it's simple to help somebody else out," said Justin Graffam as he donated blood Thursday afternoon.

One of the first people in line to donate was a woman who ran the marathon on Monday.

"Any little thing you can do, kind of helps to ease your own pain," said Nancy Goldstein.

She said she was running at mile 25 when the explosions happened at mile 26. Her husband, who has EMT training, offered medical assistance to those injured by the bombings.

"The events were indescribable, and not anything anyone should live through," said Goldstein.

While her husband was helping the injured, Nancy was getting help from strangers. She said one man offered her the jacket off his back, another helped her text family members to say she was safe.

At the same time, their daughter, Nicole was at home -- feeling helpless.

"Not being able to talk to anyone...not knowing what was happening," said Nicole, "at least today I was able to feel like I was doing something."

Nancy and Nicole encouraged people to contact their local Red Cross office to find out ways to help those affected by the Boston bombings if they could not donate blood Thursday.

More information can be found by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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