The American Red Cross has now opened 20 cases for assistance for those affected by the fire at 145 Lewis Street, Lynn. There were 11 guests Monday night at the Red Cross shelter at the Salvation Army, and that site remains open tonight, Tuesday night.
At the Salvation Army, children have been playing soccer with Red Cross volunteers and a Lynn Police officer while their parents start the recovery process. Red Cross volunteers trained in casework and disaster mental health are still working with families who are starting the next step in their lives.
Three Stop & Shop managers purchased breakfast for the guests and volunteers at the shelter this morning. They’ve also provided $200 in Stop & Shop gift cards.
The American Red Cross moved its shelter from the Brickett School on Lewis Street in Lynn to the Salvation Army at 1 Franklin Street, Lynn. The former location was a school that was closed that we may open a shelter, and the Red Cross is grateful the city of Lynn was able to accommodate the shelter Monday.
The fire itself began around midnight Sunday night into Monday morning. There were 25 units in the building, but they were numbered 1-12 and 14-26. There was no apartment 13.
Red Cross volunteers worked quickly with Lynn Emergency Management to open a shelter in the basement of the Brickett Elementary School right next door. Tom Hines, the EMS director from the City of Lynn, fed Red Cross clients and volunteers by donating lunch prepared by Side Kim Foods. http://www.flickr.com/photos/redcrosseastma/8593020734/in/photostream
Please call 800-564-1234 if you or somebody you know that has been affected by this fire is in need Red Cross services or would like to offer help. To learn how you can become a volunteer, see RedCross.Org