LynnArts Filled With Generosity for West Baltimore Street

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The LynnArts building of the Lynn Museum / LynnArts campus was open today to accept donations for the victims of the West Baltimore Street New Year’s fire.

The donation drive was lead by Jolene Kelly, who works in the building, Lisa Wallace from One Community Once Voice, and other Lynn Museum / LynnArts board members and staff. The daughter of one staff member lived in the Baltimore Street building but had been away at the time of the fire.

Available space in the building was full by 3pm, but donations kept on coming. Lynn Museum / LynnArts Director Drew Russo sourced a truck from the Lynn Catholic Collaborative to bring donations to other spaces that may have room. (There was talk of the possibility of the GE Union Hall or NSCC, but it was speculative at the time.)

Volunteers to help sort donations are needed Tuesday and Wednesday at LynnArts. Please call Jolene Kelly at 781-581-6200 or email

For those who would like to donate items, Centerboard will open their space tomorrow at 16 City Hall Square from 8am to 4pm.

A gofundme has been setup by Jamie Figueroa with proceeds very likely going to a Red Cross Fund for the victims, or else another dedicated fund (still awaiting confirmation but need to publish, now).

No lives were lost in the five-alarm early morning New Year’s Day fire, but 60 people are left without a home and some pets are unaccounted for.

Governor Baker stopped in, but not at a time LynnHappens was photographing. Some Lynn City Councilors paid a visit and dropped off items/coffee for volunteers, as well.

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  4 comments for “LynnArts Filled With Generosity for West Baltimore Street

  1. sandie (holt) george
    January 3, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I don’t live in Lynn any more but my grandson was one of the fire fighters who fought this terrible fire. God Bless the people helping people and yes I’M PROUD TO SAY I’M FROM LYNN, MA.

  2. Christie Connolly
    January 2, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Amazing pics and story
    of an incredible effort <3

  3. January 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    These are Lynn’s finest. No matter what anyone says about lynn we take care of our own. Glad to be able to donate. Around to be a lynn girl.

  4. Tarsha
    January 2, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    This really demonstrates that there is GOOD in people 🙂 I’m so happy to have been involved, Ya feel good when ya good!

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