By Sun Staff

LOWELL -- Earlier this month, City Councilor Rita Mercier publicly called for the restoration of the city manger scene's statues.

Since then, a fund has been set up to allow residents and others to do just that.

Mercier said those interested in contributing to the fund can drop off or mail their donations to any Lowell Five Bank.

Checks should be made out to "CVB," which stands for the Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The checks should also state "Nativity Restoration Fund" in the memo section.

Mercier said more than $600 has been raised so far and she hopes at least $5,000 is raised to restore the manger-scene figures.

"There is a movement afoot to try to restore those figures and I'm very happy about it," Mercier said.

The councilor said a committee is also forming to see how artists in the community could play a role in restoring the manger figures.

She said those interested in joining the committee can contact her at 978-453-2467.

The City Council voted unanimously earlier this month to request the manger scene be moved back to City Hall plaza next Christmas season and for the city to examine expanding the display to also honor other traditions and cultures.