Franklin Lions & Elks Work with Red Cross to Help Fire Victims
Franklin Lions Disaster Fund at Rockland Trust; Textile Drive through July 7 to Also Raise Funds
By J.D. O’Gara
In an effort to support the 36 families displaced by a fire that began in a 12-unit condominium complex at 2 Franklin Crossing that spread to adjacent buildings, the Franklin MA Lions Club and Franklin Elks Lodge #2136 began working the Red Cross to help families affected by the fire.
The two groups initially posted that donations of gift cards to various clothing, drug stores, food and restaurants were the best donations, and those wishing to donate could reach out to Franklin Lions or Franklin Elks members to donate. In a social media update in late May, Franklin Lion Kristine Shanahan wrote, “The lions met this evening. We have had an outpouring for clothing donations. For this reason, we have decided to do a fund drive to turn clothing and cloth material such as shoes, curtains, stuffed animals, blankets, etc. into cash. We hope to collect 5000 lbs. by July 7th. We currently will pick up, but are working on drop off locations for bags.
Update: we have set up an account with Rockland Trust: Franklin Lions Disaster Fund. Donations can be made there. 100% will be used to assist families to get back on their feet. In addition at the downtown Franklin branch across from post office is a drop box for gift cards.”
Gift cards and checks can also be mailed to
PO Box 3,
Franklin , MA 02038
According to a statement by the State Fire Marshall Peter J. Ostroskey’s office and Franklin Fire Chief James G. McLaughlin, the cause of this fire was ruled as accidental, originating in the bedroom of a third-floor unit. “
“When this building was built, it was not required to have fire sprinklers. But sprinklers would have made a huge difference in the lives of these 36 families who are displaced. Wet things dry out, but houses don’t un-burn,” said Chief McLaughlin.
One resident was injured trying to put out the fire.