Cities of Beverly, Lynn, Peabody, and Salem Announce Regional Relief Fund for Residents to Support those Impacted by Merrimack Valley Gas Fires


Today Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill, Lynn Mayor Thomas M. McGee, Peabody Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr, and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll announced the establishment of the North Shore-Merrimack Valley Relief Fund for residents of their cities to donate directly to those displaced or impacted by the natural gas explosions and fires in Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover.

Those who wish to donate may do so by visiting any Eastern Bank location and donating over the counter. An online donation option will be available at by early next week.

“This is an unimaginable tragedy for so many families,” said Mayor Driscoll. “I’m grateful for the collective empathy of the residents of the North Shore, who reached out and asked how they can help and support their neighbors in the Merrimack Valley. I hope everyone who is able will donate to the relief efforts for the dozens of families who have lost homes and belongings, or suffered injuries, in this terrible accident.”

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the gas explosions in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover,” said Mayor Bettencourt. “Those wishing to aid the victims of this disaster can donate to the North Shore-Merrimack Valley Relief Fund and be assured their money will benefit those who need it most.”

“We stand together with the North Shore and Merrimack Valley communities impacted by these devastating events,” said Mayor McGee. “We can’t imagine what they are going through at this time and encourage businesses and residents of our municipalities to be as generous as possible as our neighbors start to get back on their feet in the coming weeks and months.”

“Our friends and neighbors in the Merrimack Valley need our help,” said Mayor Cahill. “Please contribute what you can and make a difference for them. Thank you for anything you can do.”