Brian's Angels, Bristol police collect winter items for homeless

Published on Thursday, 5 October 2017 20:48
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

BRISTOL - Brian’s Angels homeless outreach program will host a stuff-a-cruiser event Sunday in conjunction with local police.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 1400 Farmington Ave., winter items will be collected, including boots, thermal clothing, backpacks, socks, camping gear, toiletries, bottled water, snacks and other everyday items.

Pat Stebbins, who runs the warming-cooling center on Jacobs Street and formed Brian’s Angels to help the homeless population, said local police have been very good about helping the city’s needy.

“A whole bunch of Bristol police officers, in their own way, have been helping out with the homeless,” Stebbins said. “They’ve been great.”

Of all the items that have been requested, Stebbins said the biggest need is for winter boots. Throughout the winter, she continued, many homeless folks have their belongings stolen from other homeless people.

“Some of them are beaten up and have everything taken from them,” Stebbins said. “It’s scary out there.”

In addition to belongings, cash donations will also be welcomed on Sunday. Stebbins added that she is always looking for volunteers to help with the city’s homeless population. Anyone interested can call her at 860-995-6858.

Bristol police Lt. Richard Guerrera said officers are hoping for a good turnout from the community on Sunday.

“There’s obviously a homeless population, and this is a way to lend a hand,” the lieutenant said.

“We’re more than happy to help,” Guerrera said. “Any way we can support the community.”

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville, General News on Thursday, 5 October 2017 20:48. Updated: Thursday, 5 October 2017 20:51.