Merrimack Valley. Image credit: Karl Musser
Merrimack Valley. Image credit: Karl Musser, under a CC BY-SA 2.5 license.

As a Merrimack Valley organization, we are saddened by the tragedy that struck our neighboring communities yesterday when gas lines exploded in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. We wish healing of hearts, bodies, and homes to those impacted by these events, and we encourage people to support these organizations (among others)—and to contribute needed supplies [updated 9/17]:

Several generous community members from the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation have offered their hospitality to those in need of temporary housing, and MVJF is happy to make the connection for you. Email

Donation drop offs: Lawrence Senior Center—but see We Are Lawrence first for a list of what is needed and what isn’t.

Other organizations and funds helping with relief efforts:

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