As someone born and raised in Lewiston, my deep roots in the community make it challenging to express the profound shock caused by recent events. I sincerely hope that as a close-knit Maine community, we can unite to support our loved ones and neighbors as they navigate this heart-wrenching tragedy.
The Portland Old Port team has created a list of resources for those who wish to make a positive impact and assist the victims and their families. If you’re aware of any additional resources we might have missed, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll do our best to incorporate them.
GoFundMe has established a central hub page where all verified fundraisers connected to the victims are accessible. This page will be consistently updated with additional fundraisers as they receive verification from GoFundMe’s Trust & Safety team. It’s worth noting that all fundraisers featured in this hub are verified by their team. GoFundMe provides a direct platform for contributing to the individuals and families who have been impacted by this tragedy.
The Boston Bruins, in partnership with the Boston Bruins Foundation, are committing a minimum of $100,000 to support those impacted by the tragic incidents in Lewiston. Additionally, they are conducting an auction featuring hockey sticks that were both used and signed by the players during their game against the Anaheim Ducks on 10/26. To further contribute to the victims, you also have the option to make donations through the provided link to the Boston Bruins Foundation.
The Maine Community Foundation has established the Lewiston-Auburn Area Response Fund to address both immediate and evolving needs. They have chosen to forgo administrative fees, ensuring that every dollar donated will go directly to individuals affected and the organizations assisting Lewiston-Auburn on the path to recovery. You have the option to contribute to victims and survivors or support the broader recovery initiative through donations.
The City of Lewiston is offering an online platform where neighbors near and far can extend their support to the families and victims. You can contribute by making an online donation or sending a check to the address they’ve listed.
Central Maine Medical Center is seeking contributions for their Compassionate Care Fund dedicated to trauma response and support. This fund serves multiple vital purposes, including providing essential resources for the recovery of Central Maine Medical Center’s doctors, nurses, and caregivers in the aftermath of traumatic events. Additionally, it aids in the procurement and upkeep of necessary supplies and equipment for effectively responding to mass casualty incidents. You can find further details on their website, outlining the various ways this fund benefits Central Maine Medical Center and their community.
The American Red Cross is calling upon individuals in Maine to consider the act of blood donation. Your blood donations are vital for supporting your local Maine communities. To get involved, please reach out to your local American Red Cross chapter in Maine, where they will provide guidance on how to make a meaningful contribution. Your blood donation can be a lifeline for those in need, ensuring that hospitals have a steady supply to help patients during challenging times.
Rogue Life Maine, an apparel company in Lewiston, has introduced a merchandise line featuring the phrase “Lewiston Strong.” They are committed to directing all proceeds from these sales directly to the victims and their families.
CFC Wear has designed these t-shirts with the aim of providing assistance to families and victims facing challenges after the events that occured. All proceeds from the sale of these shirts will be channeled directly towards supporting the Central Maine Medical Center’s Compassionate Care Fund for Trauma Response and Support, benefitting those in need.
To order shirts, visit this link.
For more information on the CMMC Compassionate Care fund you can go to: https://www.cmhc.org/cmmc/