In early June, a six-alarm fire left dozens of Mass. residents without clothing, food, and shelter. To survive, Lawrence fire victims needed the help of the community.
“The fire destroyed three buildings on Bennington Street and five others on Bennington and Saratoga streets. Causing an estimated $1 million in damages.”– The Boston Globe
Northeast Rehab’s Lisa Bradford knew she had to do something to help these fire victims.
“When I heard about the Lawrence fire and how many people were displaced from their homes, left with only the clothes on their backs, I felt compelled to help them. I reached out to the Lawrence Fire Department and was put in touch with Juan Gonzales who is in charge of the ongoing efforts to help the families,” Lisa said.
“I was happy that NRH supported my idea to ask employees to bring in donations of non-perishable items; such as clothing, household items, gift cards, etc. The company also donated money, which I used to purchase Walmart gift cards. With the help of Roger and Mike, we brought all the donations to the Donovan School in Lawrence. We met with Juan and others involved in the ongoing efforts to help the more than 50 people affected. To me, there is no better feeling than helping others in need. I would like to thank those who supported me and helped families in need.”
Juan Gonzalez helps run Heal Lawrence, a grassroots organization that helps the victims of fires and other disasters. To help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Heal Lawrence website
Heal Lawrence makes the following suggestions when donating to fire victims:
- First, victims need a new place to stay: an extended hotel stay, temporary invitation to your home or an apartment.
- Please send all information to email@example.com.
- Donate $25 gift cards to Market Basket, Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s, CVS or Walgreens.
- These can be dropped off at Mayor Dan Rivera’s office at Lawrence City Hall, marked for Heal Lawrence.
- There will be a tax-deduction form.
- Physical donations can be made to the Wish Project in Lowell.
- They assist our clients when they find permanent housing or return to their homes.
- Reach the Wish Project at 978-441-9474.
- Finally, extend their hotel stays: send monetary donations to the ECCF, Essex County Community Fund.