Local Residents and Organizations Raise $3,000
The recent fire on Summer St. while tragic offered an opportunity to residents to show just how great a neighborhood Jeffries Point can be. After 21 persons were displaced from a 5-alarm blaze, a series of awesome events took place to support the families.
Within minutes of the blaze taking place, ZUMIX, a local youth arts and entertainment organization opened their facility to the residents for the interim until Red Cross was on the scene. Within the next 24 hours, Steve Holt, local writer, Renee Scalfani of the Jeffreis Point Neighborhood Association (JPNA) and Danielle Fitzgerald, East Boston’s interim neighborhood coordinator spearheaded a fundraising campaign.
The team recruited EASTIE NOW! and the East Boston Harborside Community School Council (AKA the Paris St. Community Center) to set up an account to collect credit card donations online. Working with the Council was critical to make the donations tax deductible. It also allowed several residents to collect matching donations from their companies. The council also made a cash donation of its own as did the Church @ the Well. ZUMIX again opened its doors for physical donations and the JPNA collected donations at its monthly meeting. The total donation tally came to just over $3000.
Once collected, the East Boston Harborside Community School Council agreed to front a cash advance to hasten the delivery of the money to the victims rather than wait for the bank transfers to go through. The donations are enough to provide a family of 4 with $600 to purchase new house goods and clothing. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army will continue supporting the families as needed. ZUMIX is handling the delivery of the donations.
The showing of support proves again what East Boston is all about. While we pray that no family is left out of the cold again the harsh reality is that this may happen again. As such, EASTIE NOW! and the East Boston Harborside Community Council will continue collecting donations. The East Boston Fire Fund is forever active and in times of need will be there to deliver neighborly hands to those in need.
I live in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston and just during the last year alone I personally witnessed three devastating house fires. Each of them caused more than 500k of damage and left at least 3 families homeless. Read
Vitaliy Zakharov, Dec 29th