BRISTOL - Brianâ€™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 Brianâ€™s Angels to help the homeless population, said local police have been very good about helping the cityâ€™s needy.
â€śA whole bunch of Bristol police officers, in their own way, have been helping out with the homeless,â€ť Stebbins said. â€śTheyâ€™ve been great.â€ť
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.
â€śSome of them are beaten up and have everything taken from them,â€ť Stebbins said. â€śItâ€™s scary out there.â€ť
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 cityâ€™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.
â€śThereâ€™s obviously a homeless population, and this is a way to lend a hand,â€ť the lieutenant said.
â€śWeâ€™re more than happy to help,â€ť Guerrera said. â€śAny way we can support the community.â€ť
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.