Bristol Republican Town Committee drops off bags, boxes of clothing for St. Vincent DePaul Mission

Published on Wednesday, 5 October 2022 10:49
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

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BRISTOL –The Bristol Republican Town Committee dropped off multiple bags and boxes of clothing for St. Vincent DePaul Mission on Tuesday.

Rich Kilby, chair of the Bristol Republican Town Committee, along with committee member Don Pelletier dropped off a total of 17 bags and six boxes of clothing Tuesday to help the needy in Bristol.

“We put out a call in the paper asking for donations of gently used clothing and told our members to clean out their closets,” said Kilby. “We were very pleased by the response we got.”

The items, which were collected over a period of three weeks, include clothing for children and adults, men and women.

“We got so much more than last year,” said Kilby.

Pelletier said that he believes that people understood that the need is greater than ever. Many people, he said, are struggling to meet basic needs due to inflation.

“There is a lot more homelessness in Bristol than many people realize,” he said.

Jim Morneault, case manager with the St. Vincent DePaul Mission, said the nonprofit shelter is grateful for the support.

In October, Morneault said, the shelter will be expanding its services to include washers and dryers and showers in the basement.

“It’s something that we’ve been working on for a while,” he said.

Pelletier said that these services will come at a good time for many who are struggling.

“It will be nice to have a safe space for them to get clean, especially with the winter coming,” he said.

Kilby said that St. Vincent DePaul Mission provides “vital” services and that the Republican Town Committee is glad to support them.

Morneault said that those who wish to provide additional support the St. Vincent DePaul Mission are welcome to bring razors, soap, deodorant and other supplies to help clients meet basic needs.

St. Vincent DePaul Mission is located at 19 Jacobs St.

For more information on St. Vincent DePaul Mission, visit svdpofbristol.com or call 860-589-9098.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 5 October 2022 10:49. Updated: Wednesday, 5 October 2022 10:52.