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Help for 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.  Thank goodness, no one was badly hurt, but 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: 33x32, 34x32
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
Sweat shirt with zipper: m
Jeans: 28/  m
Sweat Pants: m
T shirts: m
Bras: 36 B
Pajamas: m
Underwear: m
Underwear: m

Pants/jeans: size 16, 8 (2)
Sweatshirts and sweatpants: sm, med, l
Shirt: sm, med, large, xl
Underwear: sm, m, l, xl

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

Girls 6-8 months

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