NEW BRITAIN – In true community spirit, the Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain collected nearly 200 bags of winter wear and essential items for those in need.
Through its “Winter Snuggled Bundle of Care” Drive the organization launched in January, they collected 125 bags of winter clothing and 45 bags of personal care items. The bags will be given out to Northend Elementary School students and families and clients of the Friendship Service Center in New Britain.
Chris Sanders, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain, said they were looking for ways to help those in the Greater New Britain area this winter.
“After talking with a few local organizations, we realized there’s a lot of need for some of the most basic daily essential items, so we thought we would start from there,” he said.
The drive had an aim to help students and parents at Northend Elementary School and the families and people served by the Friendship Service Center in New Britain. For Northend School families, donations were asked for both children and their parents to get hats, gloves, mittens and socks. For the clients of the Friendship Service Center, including women, men and children, some personal care items that they looked for include shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, washcloths, sanitary pads, toothpaste and toothbrushes, disposable shaving razors and shaving cream.
Home Depot employees contributed a significant amount of goods and a small grant from NeighborWorks America also supported the winter drive, according to NBSNB.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of the New Britain community, the NHSNB staff and board, and to the Friendship Service Center and Northend Elementary School for their willingness to team up on the winter drive,” Sanders sai. “People opened their hearts to give back to their community and we appreciate their kindness.”
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain was established in 1978 and revitalizes neighborhoods through quality affordable housing choices, equipping families with financial and homeownership skills, and building effective networks of community resources.
“We want to refocus on our New Britain roots,” Sanders said. “In our time here over the last 40 years, the company’s done a lot of good things with the community. But in more recent years, I think that’s drifted a bit, so we want to come back to New Britain more.”
“We’re happy to help, even if it’s just a tiny bit,” Sanders said.
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