A Small Town in Groton, Mass. Comes Together to Support Victims of Apartment Fire

Donations collected at the Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School

( ENSPIRE Community Spotlight ) The Small Massachusetts Community Donated Money and Household Supplies to Families Who Lost All Belongings in Fire

ENSPIRE Contributor: Kyla Yates

On June 1st, a fire destroyed one building in a low-income apartment complex in Groton, Massachusetts. While no one was hurt and all pets were safely rescued as well, eight families were displaced, making it out of their homes with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

That evening, the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District sent out an email asking for donations to be dropped off the next day at the local middle school. In the email, Assistant Superintendent Katie Novak said, “It takes a village and this is such a good one.”

On June 2nd, during the two and a half hours of donations being collected, over $30,000 was collected in gift cards, cash, and checks, along with thousands of personal care items, pet supplies, and clothing. Those who went to drop off donations said the line of cars stretched throughout the parking lot and into the street.

The following day, a GoFundMe was created to raise additional money for the families. As of June 9th, over $25,000 has been raised to help the families who lost their homes.

Cars line up to drop off donations.

Amidst the many difficulties our country and the world is currently facing, it is comforting to be reminded of the goodness and humanity we are capable of. Many thanks to all the community members who have shared so much with the victims of the fire.