Sunday Notes July 13th 2014

This isn’t the time for petty political BS, Nor is it time under the guise of “being a professional talk show host” or Local newspaper to try to blame a victim and carry on a political agenda.

Lowell has experienced a terrible tragedy and like the City has done countless times, has come together to support those in need.

In case you missed it, here are two great stories about Lowell coming together.

From the Boston Herald – Peter Gelznis Out of terrible moment, citizens offer concern, money to those in need

From The Boston Globe – Evan AllenLowell fire hits heart of Cambodian community

Here are some ways for you to help:

A memorial service and fundraiser will be held Today at 5:30 p.m. at Glory Buddhist Temple in Lowell, hosted by the Lowell Cambodia Town, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, the Family 
Service Unit of the Lowell Police Department and the Lowell Senior Center.

The Association has also started a GoFundMe page, linked on their website at www.cmaalowell.org/, and will coordinate social services for survivors.

Branch Street Fire Victims Relief Fund
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
P.O. Box 1238
#Lowell, MA 01853

Donations can also be made to the Red Cross at 139 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02142

The Wish Project at 1A Foundry St., Lowell, MA 01852. – The Wish Project has a list of Emergency Food Boxes for Motel-Homeless and Fire Victims that they are collecting.

You can also drop off food at:

Lannan Mazda, 720 Rogers St, Lowell today July 13, from noon to 4pm.

Walgreen’s in Lowell on Bridge St, Plain St, and Middlesex St, during their open hours.

Hannaford in Dracut also has a list posted at the store.

My friend Tara who is a teacher here in Lowell sent this along: We will be collecting donations at the McAuliffe for the Branch St Fire victims throughout next week if any of my people in the area would like to drop something off in the lobby of school next week. We’ll be there Monday-Friday 9-12 and we will be making trips over to The Wish Project throughout the week with necessary items. If you happen to be shopping this weekend and want to throw a little something extra in your cart. Much Love
‪#‎LOWELLSTRONG‬

A Bank of America fund has also been set up to help the family of fire victim Tina Christakos pay for funeral arrangements.More information can be found on the “Fundraiser for Tina Christakos Raising Money For Arrangements

Finally, we take for granted the men and women who serve the city in the role of Firefighter. They were the first responders who witnessed the tragedy up close. Kevin Cullen in the Boston Globe had a great story about these brave men and woman.

Firefighters made plunge into ever-growing danger

I Thanks them for all they do and leave you with their prayer. May God watch over and protect those who protect us!

firefighter_prayer_keepsake_box

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