Lawrence Residents 'Thankful' for Thanksgiving Dinner, But 'Want Some Heat' - NBC10 Boston

Lawrence Residents 'Thankful' for Thanksgiving Dinner, But 'Want Some Heat'

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Columbia Gas to Provide Thanksgiving Dinners

    Residents affected by the gas fires and explosions in Merrimack Valley will receive hot Thanksgiving meals from Columbia Gas.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 12, 2018)

    A family in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is still waiting for the heat to come back after the gas fires and explosions in Merrimack Valley, but it is grateful that the utility behind the incident will be providing Thanksgiving dinner.

    Carolyn Lefebvre and her daughter, Rhonda, live right next door to one of the homes that exploded that dreadful September day.

    "It was sad," said Carolyn Lefebvre. "And it's something that I'll never forget for the rest of my life."

    In the weeks that followed, there was no hot water, no heat and no cooking.

    Police Release Body Cam Footage of 12-Year-Old's Arrest

    [NATL] Sacramento Police Release Body Cam Footage of 12-Year-Old's Arrest

    Police released footage captured on two officers' body cameras during the seven-minute arrest of a 12-year-old boy in Sacramento.

    (Published Thursday, May 23, 2019)

    "It actually teaches everybody, when we do get our heat on, to appreciate everything now," said Rhonda Lefebvre. "To appreciate the gas."

    They now have hot water and an electric stove, but still no heat.

    A couple of small electric heaters help, but it gets down to below 60 degrees in the middle of the night.

    But they are taking comfort in that the stress of Thanksgiving is being eased.

    "We're getting a free Thanksgiving meal from Columbia Gas, which I'm thankful for, you know, but I just want some heat," said Carolyn Lefebvre.

    Columbia Gas will provide 20,000 Thanksgiving meals for everyone impacted by the gas explosions and fires.

    Tornadoes, Severe Storms Sweep Missouri, Killing 3

    [NATL] Tornadoes, Severe Storms Sweep Missouri, Killing 3

    Three people died and two dozen others were injured in Missouri overnight after severe storms and tornadoes touched down on the state, ripping apart cars, homes and businesses. Meanwhile, storms and floods have swelled rivers and endangered other states in the Midwest.

    (Published Thursday, May 23, 2019)

    People can either bring meals home or join other families at several designated community-gathering spots.

    "It's a small token of our appreciation to our customers for their patience and understanding," said Columbia Gas spokesman Dean Lieberman. "For all the ups and downs of this recovery process."

    The food is nice, but the gas would be better, said the Lefebvres, but they are grateful for the free meal.

    "We're going to bring it home," said Rhonda Lefebvre. "And I got my kids all coming over, we're going to have Thanksgiving. Hopefully the gas is on by then, and it'll be warm."

    Customers who would like to receive meals will need to reserve them, either for pick-up or a sit-down meal, at ColumbiaGasMA.com/Thanksgiving or by calling 877-399-0506. Reservations can be made until Nov. 16.


    Get the latest from NBC Boston anywhere, anytime:

    App

    Download our FREE app for iPhone, iPad and Android. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and sign up for our e-mail newsletters.