Neighbor plans dinner for Blue Hill fire victims, firefighters

By 
Martine Louis
Nov. 19, 2007

Last Monday, flames ripped through a three-decker home on Blue Hill Ave, injuring 14 residents - eight adults and six children. As firefighters hurried to put out the inferno, 54 year-old Mary Williams was one of the Mattapan residents who rushed to assist in the rescue efforts.

"Those are my neighbors," said Williams who lives directly across from the horrific scene. "What happened to these people is devastating and this is the time for our community to show them we care."

Now that the news crews have left the scene, the families impacted by the incident remain in need. Williams has stepped up to organize a Thanksgiving dinner for all of the victims and their families, as well as the firefighters who saved their lives.

"I'd originally planned a small family dinner at my place, but God said 'Love thy neighbors as you love yourself.' God led me to do this."

From passing out flyers throughout various neighborhoods to arranging a hall at a local church, Williams has made it possible for dozens of families to enjoy Thanksgiving this year. Over 100 guests will gather from 4 to 7 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Dorchester. Mary, who will prepare all the food herself, would gladly appreciate any and all food donations.

Mary Williams also gives special thanks to: the Mattapan Community Health Center, Shaw's, Stop & Shop, BMF Paper Company, Pit Stop, Brothers, Poland Spring, and Ice Box for their support and donations.

Food donations can be dropped off at 1443 Blue Hill Ave., Apt. #6 before noon on Thanksgiving Day. For more information, contact Mary Williams at 617-386-0116.