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Help Families of the Rush Street Fire

On Thursday night, May 5th, a fire completely destroyed a nine-family building on Somerville’s Rush/Brook streets – along with all of the belongings of the 35 occupants – 23 adults and 12 children. The families are in need of the community’s help to rebuild their lives.   

On an immediate basis, a crowdwise site has been built for donations. In addition, the list below has been generated with the families’ clothing needs. They would also appreciate duffle bags or new rolling luggage bags to transport them. 

Please note that all items can be delivered to the Cummings School (42 Prescott Street in Somerville), through the purple door off of the Prescott Playground area between 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thank you for your generosity. 

Items needed (please make sure all are new or in excellent condition and pre-laundered):

Men: (need multiples of sweatshirts, T-shirts, underwear, sweatpants, socks)

Pants/Jeans: 33×32, 34×32
Shoes: 9, 9.5, 10
Sneakers: 9, 9.5, 10 (2)
T-Shirts: l
Underwear: m
Shirts: l
Sweatshirts/sweaters: l
Belt: 34

Women:  (need multiples of sweatshirts, T-shirts, underwear, sweatpants, socks)

Sandals: 6.5
Slippers:  6.5
Sneakers: 7, 8.5
Sweatshirt with zipper: m
Jeans: 28/  m
Sweatpants: m
T-shirts: m
Bras: 36 B
Pajamas: m
Underwear: m


Pants/jeans: size 16, 8 (2)
Sweatshirt/pants: sm, med, l
Shirt: sm, med, large, xl
Underwear: sm, m, l, xl

(size 12, 10, 8)
Sweatshirt/pants: sm, m, l
Underwear: sm, m, l

Girls 6-8 months

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Members of the community in Somerville, MA come together for an illuminated walk to bring attention to gentrification and housing affordability in East Somerville. Produced in collaboration with the Somerville Community Corporation and Mister Francis. Written, directed, and edited by Andrew Eldridge. Produced by Elizabeth Eldridge, Andrew Eldridge.

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Somerville sits on the original homelands of the Massachusett, Wampanoag, Naumkeag, and Nipmuc tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we live and work.

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