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.)
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.