CHELSEA, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A group of local florists decided to decorate downtown Chelsea this week, so residents could enjoy the view while they waited to pick up essential supplies during the pandemic.
On Friday, dozens of people wearing masks stood in a long line through the parking lot at Chelsea City Hall, where soldiers were handing out boxes of donated food from the backs of trucks.
Across the street at Bellingham Square, residents got to gaze at a huge display of colorful surplus flowers, created by Chelsea's local florists.
"Right now Chelsea residents are getting pummeled by dark and negative news," said Fidel Maltes, Commissioner of the Department of Public Works.
"So [the florists] reached out to us and said they wanted to do a beautiful arrangement located right in front of city hall in our downtown to liven people up, to make it so that people can see the beauty in life again."
Chelsea, which has been the hardest-hit by coronavirus in the state, holds the popup food pantry once a week along with the National Guard to help residents in need.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports: