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Logo for Boston Spirit Day posted on Facebook page (Credit: Amy McGillicuddy image)

Logo for Boston Spirit Day posted on Facebook page (Credit: Amy McGillicuddy image)

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BOSTON (CBS) – A Suffolk University graduate student is spearheading a social media push to help the healing process after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Melissa Bourgoine, a graduate student at the local university, is one of the organizers of Boston Spirit Day, drumming up support on Facebook and Twitter.

“Boston Spirit Day is just one of many efforts to encourage people to wear Boston gear (Friday),” Bourgoine wrote in a post on the Boston Spirit Day page she created on Facebook.

“Boston Spirit Day is going global,” Bourgoine wrote in another post on the Facebook page, “feel free to invite friends and family who want to show their support from afar.”

As of noontime Thursday, more than 14,000 people had been invited to participate in the mass fashion statement through Bourgoine’s Facebook page. And more than 1,200 had committed to don Boston garb Friday.

People are being asked to post photos of their Boston attire on the Facebook page and the event’s Twitter feed, @BostonSpiritDay.

“Wear Boston gear on Friday, April 19th as a display of strength & solidarity for the city we love,” @chief_serabi posted on the Twitter feed Thursday.

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