How to help residents impacted by Merrimack Valley gas fires

LAWRENCE, MASS. (WHDH) - In the aftermath of a series of deadly gas fires that displaced thousands of people from their homes in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence, there are a number of ways that people can help those in need.

The City of Lawrence Twitter account says that “desperately needed items” include hand sanitizer, alcohol pads, socks and underwear for children and adults, blankets, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, and towels.

People who are interested in donating can drop those items off at the senior center at 155 Haverhill St. in Lawrence.

Those looking to offer support and donations to the City of Andover can email AndoverCommunitySupport@andoverma.us.

Other shelters have been set up at:

Arlington School, 150 Arlington Street, Lawrence
Parthum School, 255 Haverhill Street, Lawrence
North Andover High School, 430 Osgood Street, North Andover
Cormier Youth Center, 40 Whittier Court, Andover

Those living in Lynn, Peabody and Salem can donate to the newly founded North-Shore-Merrimack Valley Relief Fund by visiting any Eastern Bank location and donating supplies over the counter. An online donation option will be available at Salem.com by early next week.

The MSPCA has also taken in dozens of displaced pets.

Officials also say to be wary of unsolicited calls for donations. Lawrence officials say a scam is targeting residents via phone claiming to be from the firefighter’s association and soliciting money.