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Associates and their family members from Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley in North Billerica, Massachusetts, recently provided aid for their neighbors in need.


On Sept. 13, 2018, the Merrimack valley was the site of several gas explosions caused by overpressurization of the gas system. It was late in the day when the endless sounds of sirens covered the area. Dozens of homes were destroyed or damaged, a teenager was killed and dozens of people were injured in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts.


Thousands were forced to leave their homes. Schools were canceled, and residents were not allowed back to their neighborhoods until it was safe. There were still homes without working utilities at the end of the month.


The City of Lawrence set up a donation center at the Lawrence Senior Center to collect food and gift cards.


“The community has truly supported those who are going through this difficult time,” shared Brunilda Mejia, business development director at Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley.


Associates at the facility were moved by the situation and decided to start a donation drive of their own. They placed a box in the lobby for donations, and the response was heartwarming. The center collected about 10 bags of food.


Mejia dropped off the donations at the senior center.


“The Lawrence Senior Center was very appreciative of all the donations,” said Mejia. “Everything counts for those affected families. Many families still do not have gas in their homes, and the new tentative return date is Nov. 30.”

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