BRISTOL - Cumberland Farms will be hosting a grand opening celebratory event for its first next-generation store in the city that will also kick off a four-week fundraiser for Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach.
The new Cumberland Farms location on Pine Street that was recently finished is considered first next-generation because of its modernized layout.
Throughout the fundraiser, 10 cents from all dispensed beverages purchased at the new location will go directly to Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach, a movement of concerned citizens dedicated to helping the homeless.
Pat Stebbins, president of Brian's Angels, explained that she started the organization because of the unfortunate loss of her son at the age of 24 in 1998 “after short period of homelessness.”
Now, the organization helps the homeless in Bristol, though makes an effort to help anyone in need in the surrounding communities.
“We’re trying to find our own location for a warming center,” Stebbins said, explaining that the funds raised will be used for a new location and “critical supplies.”
Cumberland Farms reached out to the organization about the fundraising, Stebbins said, and offered a minimum of $1,000 to help the organization with its cause in the event that less than that amount is raised.
“Since 2009, Cumberland Farms has opened or updated over 330 stores, and donated over $450,000 to community organizations across the Northeast and Florida,” Ari Haseotes, CEO of Cumberland Farms, said in a press release.
“As we have passed the halfway point in our efforts, we could not be happier with the response we’ve received from the community. We’re looking forward to bringing our new stores and menu items to all of the communities in which we serve, and to raising even more money for our local partners along the way,” Haseotes continued.
“I encourage people to come because it’s helping the local community,” Stebbins said. “The homeless community is getting larger daily, we are steadily seeing new faces. People go homeless for so many reasons.”
The grand opening event is slated for Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. at the new location, located at 266 Pine St. It is open to the public and will be attended by a number of community members, including members of Brian’s Angels.
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