News from District 33N: Update on Merrimac Valley Gas Fires

From District 33N:

The gas fires in the Merrimac Valley has affected approximately 8,600 families.  Some of them have lost their homes and all of their belongings, while others have been able to return, but have lost all of their perishable food from the power outage as well as jobs that are lost while businesses are unable to operate, child care facilities that have had to close or were destroyed and many other hardships.
There are ways that we, as Lions can help.  Please see the following list:

*Items that are needed are Microwaveable and ready to eat canned foods, Large Ziplock bags, Water, Laundry detergent, cereal, oatmeal, disposable razors, adult size underwear, toilet paper, paper towels, men’s large sweatpants, diaper, specifically larger sizes, reusable shopping bags and gift cards.  Gift cards help each family to purchase exactly what they are needing.

* The Lawrence Senior Center, 155 Haverhill St., Lawrence is collecting donations (no more used clothing) from 3-6pm.  Volunteers are needed all week from 3-8pm to accept and sort the donations that are received.  (978) 620-3540

* Volunteers who are multi-lingual are needed at the Columbia Claims Center for translation need.  1 Market St Lawrence

*Volunteers are needed at Debbie’s Treasure Chest (non-Profit) to sort donations that have been received.  10-3 all week.  15 Union St Building B Lawrence (978) 360-4007

*A Disaster relief fund has been established by DG Frank, which clubs and individual members can contribute.  Monetary donations can be sent to CT Brian Doherty, 162 Willow Rd #3, Nahant, MA 01908.  Please designate Disaster relief in memo on check.

*A single mother of 2 boys who lost her home has reached out the Lions club to ask for help.  She has been relocated to a hotel, since her home was destroyed. She is needing clothing and shoes for her children.  M is 4 years old and wears a size 11 shoe and 5T clothes.  J is 10 1/2 and wears a 5.5 shoe and large boys clothing.  We asked about her needs, but she declined for herself since her boys are her priority.  Gift cards could help make this transition easier for her and could help her establish a new home for herself and her children. DG Frank has offered to collect donations at his office during business hours and will do what he can to assist with collections.  Please reach out to him or CS Joy if you can help.

*Lastly, there are many small and family owner businesses in the Lawrence, Andover, North Andover area who cannot operate right now and are facing a hardship.  As services are restored and these businesses open up, please consider giving them your patronage.  You may discover a new favorite place!

The statement that has been heard the most during the past 5 days has been “What can I do to help?”  Lions are about serving their communities and District 33n has demonstrated this strongly through this situation.  Please let us know if you are needing help with this or any other projects that you do.

Yours in Lionism,

DG Frank, CS Joy and CT Brian

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