City Pulled Together to Help Fire Victims
I’ve been a part of many “successful” community events in Lowell, though Sunday’s response by church members, business owners, first responders, EMTs, Red Cross was one for the books. Witnessing the professionalism and care undertaken when 38 residents, displaced by a morning, four-alarm fire, was very impressive.
Christ Church United became the “de facto” emergency shelter at 8:30 a.m. as victims of the fire sought warmth. Several church members dropped what they were doing and went shopping for diapers, toiletries and children’s clothing. Coffee Hour came early, as hot coffee and donuts were served. EMTs quietly gave comfort until the Red Cross arrived. Kudos to Gormley’s and Rizzo’s for dropping everything to deliver free meals. Also, I was impressed that a house dean from Lowell High showed up with food, and to make sure her students were OK.
Sadly, the city has suffered from more destructive fires than the one that occurred last Sunday at 69 Merrimack St. Though five firefighters suffered minor injuries, a rapid response by Lowell Fire Department saved lives, and kept the fire from spreading. An equally impressive response by city officials and residents serves as a reminder that lives are saved, and hearts are touched when strangers step forward to show compassion to others who’re suffering. The love of God was seen and felt last by many last Sunday in Lower Belvidere. Thanks to all who pitched in to help out; we’re all better for it!
Anyone interested in helping these families, and others ... please continue to support great organizations in Lowell. The WISH Project and Community Teamworks, Inc. (CTI).
THE REV. PETER LOVETT
Christ Church United, Lowell