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Somerville Rallies to Help Rush Street Fire Victims

Our communities have responded with great urgency and support after 32 people where displaced last week by a fire on Rush Street in Somerville. The Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) has set up an online fundraiser, which, as of now, has raised almost $19,000 for the victims. For those interested in donating, please visit this link to help the SHC reach its $25,000 goal.

Additionally, the City of Somerville has set up a donation drive to help the victims get much needed clothing items to ease their burden during this difficult time of transition. If you wish to contribute, items can be delivered to the Cummings School on 42 Prescott Street in Somerville, through the purple door off of the Prescott Playground area, Monday through Friday between 8:30am – 3:00pm. Below is list of items needed by the victims – please make sure that the clothing (particularly undergarments) are new or in excellent condition and pre-laundered:

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

Pants/Jeans: 33X 32 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

Children’s:

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

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

Infant:
Girls 6-8 months

Mayor Maher’s Allston Street Fire Relief Fund

The City of  Cambridge and Mayor David Maher have created a Fire Relief Fund for the nine families that were displaced by the devastating fire that ripped through three homes on Allston Street during the early morning hours of Sunday, July 27th. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but the majority of the residents displaced were renters that do not have insurance to recover their loss.

Please visit this page if you wish to contribute to the relief fund set up to help these displaced families get back on their feet. Donations can also be made by check to “The City of Cambridge Mayor’s Fire Relief Fund”. Checks can be mailed to or dropped off at:

Cambridge City Hall
c/o Finance Department
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Help a Somerville Family in Need

Somervillian Michael Terrio is fighting cystic fibrosis and needs your help.
Somervillian Michael Terrio is fighting cystic fibrosis and needs your help. Image via GoFundMe/New Lungs for Michael Terrio.

One of our neighbors, Michael Terrio, is a small business owner and a lifelong resident of Somerville. He’s also approaching the seventh year of his fight against cystic fibrosis, and he and his family need our help.

When he was diagnosed with CF in 2007, Michael’s doctors told him he had three years left to live. He’s proved them wrong so far, but he’ll need a double lung transplant to really beat back this disease. He’s scheduled to travel to Pittsburgh, where he’ll undergo tests and be placed on a transplant list. After that, he and his medically required travel companion will have to stay in Pittsburgh until, God willing, he receives a transplant.

The Terrios family is asking for your help in defraying the costs of their father’s trip to Pittsburgh. Here’s how you can help:

  • Attend the fundraiser at On the Hill Tavern (499 Broadway, Somerville) on Saturday, November 30, at 7:30pm. There will be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, a cash bar, and plenty of food donated by On the Hill Tavern. Suggested donations are $25, but no donation is too big or too small.
  • Donate to Michael Terrio’s GoFundMe page.