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McDonald's Serving Food, Water To Personnel On The Scene Of Boston Marathon Bombings

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A U.S. flag flies outside a McDonald's restaurant in Park Ridge, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images) | Getty Images

In the wake of Monday’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon, McDonald’s is stepping in to help.

Heidi Barker, a McDonald’s spokesperson, wrote in an e-mailed statement to The Huffington Post that the company’s thoughts are “with all those affected by the Boston attack.”

“We are serving our food, coffee and bottled water to personnel on the scene,” Barker wrote. “We are planning to keep the nearest McDonald's restaurant to the scene open 24 hours a day to serve the authorities.”

Two explosions rocked the finish line near the famed Boston Marathon Monday, leaving at least three people dead and more than 140 others wounded. The explosions plunged the scene into chaos, shattering windows and leaving blood-stained streets. The area around Copley Square, where the bombings took place, remained closed Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. There is a heightened law enforcement presence throughout the city, with officers working 12-hour shifts, the Boston Herald reported.

Many companies pledged their support via twitter and other means Monday, shortly after news of the tragedy began pouring out of the marathon scene. It’s not uncommon for companies to use their resources to help victims and the affected area after a major tragedy. Last year in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, businesses ranging from banks to home improvement stores donated materials, money and waived fees for local affected communities.

Are you a business helping out in the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy? We want to hear from you. Email jillian.berman@huffingtonpost.com.

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