BRISTOL - The Bristol Hospital Nursing Executive Council will be serving hot drinks and handing out care packages to homeless people on Thursday, the winter stolstice, which is longest night of the year.
Council members represent all areas of the hospital, said Darlene Dionne, the leader for the project and operations manager for the Bristol Hospital Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Care.
“The nursing council does community outreach and came up with this idea,” she said. “We decided on winter solstice, the longest night of the year, to do some sort of outreach for the homeless community in Bristol.”
This isn’t the first year for this sort of outreach, Dionne said. The council has worked with Pat Stebbins of Brian’s Angels, a homeless outreach organization.
Dionne said the council worked with Stebbins again this year, and she helped organize the efforts with Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church so that the council and Brian’s Angels could use the church’s space to allow the homeless to warm up for a while and enjoy coffee and cocoa.
The beverages are being donated by Food and Nutrition Services at hospital, Dionne said.
Also, “because of so many generous nurses at the hospital” who donated nonperishable foods, hand warmer sand blankets, care packages will be made and distributed.
The council will be handing out hot drinks and care packages from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 27 Judd St.
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