BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- Thousands of people and families across the Merrimack Valley in the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover are displaced from their homes after series of gas explosions and fires spread through the area on Thursday afternoon killing one.
While officials say that it might be a while for things to get back to normal many organizations have been posting info on how to help.
WBZ NewsRadio1030 and IHeart Media Boston are encouraging our audience to donate to the Red Cross to help those families impacted by the fires.
Donating is easy through a Text Message on your mobile phone. Text RED CROSS to 9-0-9-9-9 or online here.
Many homes have been destroyed and people are under an evacuation notice; this could turn into a long-term response. We have workers and supplies on site now, but will need more as we go. The best way you can help is by donating: 1-800-RED-CROSS or https://t.co/HJjXGwUi80 (2/2) pic.twitter.com/jAEqQQGBta— RedCrossMA (@RedCrossMA) September 14, 2018
Anyone looking to volunteer The American Red Cross of Massachusetts said on twitter that anyone interested in volunteering their time to help those displaced can sign up online on their website.
We would like to thank all those who have been reaching out and offering ways to help those affected by this tragedy in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. If you are interested in volunteering, you can go to https://t.co/4suvonQIgF and sign up. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/LVvwsbpjho— RedCrossMA (@RedCrossMA) September 14, 2018
The MSPCA Angell tells WBZ that their team at Nevins Farm is in need of the following supplies listed in this tweet below:
Our @nevinsfarm team is very much in need of the following supplies: microchip scanners, paper towels, dry cat food, canned cat food, canned dog food and cat litter. Donations can be dropped off at Nevins, 400 Broadway, Methuen! #MVGasFire #Andover #NorthAndover #Lawrence 1/3— MSPCA-Angell (@MspcaAngell) September 14, 2018
Stay with WBZ NewsRadio1030 as we continue to compile information.