Bristol Roundup – Annual Zucchini Letter Offers Multiple Ways to Help People in Need

St. Vincent De Paul, Bristol Connecticut

Yes, it’s THE annual “zucchini” letter. What do you do with the extra zucchini (and beans and tomatoes and other garden goodies)?  How about helping out those who truly need them? Each year, I ask Bristol’s agencies who feed and clothe and heat and cool and provide furniture for those who are in need, what each of these organizations need to do their important work. Then, I ask you to help.

Our “All Heart” city always comes through. Please see the lists below and even if you don’t have a garden, I hope you drop off some of the other things that these wonderful folks, both paid and volunteer, do all year long. Grocery store gift cards or bus cards are helpful.  What about snacks for clients and volunteers, plastic bags for “shoppers” to use at the food pantries.How about volunteering some time?

IMPORTANT: If you go to St. Vincent De Paul, you need to go to the left side where there’s a buzzer. For Brian’s Angels drop-offs, they are on the right side of the entrance near the banner. Brian’s Angels is moving to Prospect United Methodist Church in August.

St. Vincent DePaul Shelter: (860-589-9098) – 19 Jacobs St. They will take produce.

Cook’s wish list — 60 hot dogs and rolls, instant mashed potatoes, instant white rice, white bread, bagels, English muffins, potatoes, cookies, desserts, chips, Pop-Tarts, pickle relish (dill and sweet), jelly,

Maintenance wish list: Home Depot and Lowe’s gift cards.

Monitor’s wish list: Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, disposable razors (women and men),  alcohol-FREE mouthwash, sanitary napkins (not mini-pads)

Shelter Director’s wish list: Two or three cutting boards, chef’s knives, leftovers containers, forks, knives and especially spoons, mugs and pillows (only new).

Brian’s Angels (19 Jacobs Street until 8/1 and then moving to Summer St.) Message or text Pat Stebbins at 860.995.6858 –Paper towels, anti-bacterial cleaning wipes, Kleenex, Off! Bug spray, Chef Boyardee pasta, Progresso soups, 8 x 10 tarps, good condition men’s and women’s sneakers and sandals, umbrellas, potato chips. The Cooling Center at St. Vincent De Paul will be open this summer. They need: sneakers, shorts, tanks and t-shirts, other summer clothing, too. Pat is looking for tents and sleeping bags as wellThey also need pop-top Ravioli & soup (no condensed), tuna “envelopes” (doesn’t need can opener).  The new sites will need a shower, a washer and a dryer – any handymen/women out there who can help with a quote or in doing the work? Call Pat.

Salvation Army: (860-583-4651) – 19 Stearns St. – In addition to your fresh fruits and veggies, they need tuna fish, pasta, sauce, peanut butter, canned fruit, canned soups, cereal, juice boxes, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes.

Zion Lutheran Soup Kitchen: (860-589-7744) – 27 Judd St. Drop off fruits, veggies and baked goods from Monday through Thursday ONLY.  Meals for Neighbors is Bristol’s oldest Soup Kitchen operating since 1982 and serving 4 dinners per week.  Coffee, Jelly, Chef Boyardee products, canned veggies (peas and corn), pasta, soups, stews, personal hygiene items, (shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste/brush, lotion, etc.), ramen noodles, olive oil, aluminum foil, broth (chicken, vegetable, beef, etc.), cereal, oatmeal, snack items (crackers, cookies, etc.), baking mixes (brownies, cookies, pancakes), parchment paper, lemonade and iced tea dry mixes, money or grocery gift cards (Aldi’s, Price Chopper, etc.).

For Goodness Sake: (860.916.7138) – They don’t need fresh produce but they are always in need of small to medium sized kitchen tables, dressers, dishes, pots & pans, utensils, linens, and lamps. They provide “Welcome Home Baskets” which include new personal care items (deodorant, body wash, shampoo, etc.) and cleaning supplies (window cleaner, bathroom cleaners, sponges, toilet scrubbers, paper towels, laundry detergent, etc.). They also collect returnable bottles & cans and scrap metal to help offset our dump fees. To donate in person   Whiting Street, Unit A, Plainville, CT. Hours are Saturdays from 9am-1pm and Sundays from 12pm-3pm.

Agape House – (860.261.5733) 43 School Street – Powdered creamer, coffee, paper towels, pop-top Chef Boyardee products, paper cups, plates and bowls, pudding cups, bottled water and Lysol wipes.

Daar Ul Eshaan Blessed Pantry – (860.585.9742) – 739 Terryville Ave. They will only accept fresh veggies and vegetarian offerings. Contact them directly regarding dropping off donations.

Please share this information with friends. You can post it on your fridge or keep it with your grocery list. Thank you one and all!

Laura S. Minor
Bristol, CT


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