St. Mary Magdalen Parish to Host Brian Bag Drive for the Homeless | Community events

OAKVILLE — The St. Mary Magdalen Parish Lenten Outreach Project will host a “Brian Bag” collection project in the church parking lot at 16 Buckingham Street.

Donors are asked to bring the items to the church before Masses on the weekend of March 26 and 27 (no specified times) or drop them off at the church drive-thru from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday March 26 in the church parking lot at 16 Buckingham St.

All items must be purchased and returned to the church by the weekend of Saturday and Sunday March 26 and 27.

The bags will be assembled and distributed to homeless people in Oakville and the greater Waterbury area by Donna Finneran, founder of the Brian’s Bags project and Oakville resident.

The Brian’s Bags project was founded by Donna Finneran on behalf of her brother Brian, her twin brother who was educated and had a good job in New York.

After 9/11, Brian lost his job and fell on hard times, which led to him becoming homeless, while living on the banks of the river in Waterbury.

Brian passed away in 2016. Donna, her family members and friends made it their mission to raise awareness and reach homeless people by handing out Brian Bags care packages.

Items needed include individual ready-to-eat tuna with crackers or cans of chicken (Starkist or Bumble Bee); packs of sandwich, cheese or peanut butter crackers; Nutra-grain fruit bars and the like; bags of snack size potato chips; lip balm and lip balm; travel size deodorant; individually wrapped toothbrushes; toothpaste; packs of sports socks; individual paper handkerchief wrappers; one-gallon zipper bag boxes; bottled water and $10 gift cards for McDonalds and Subway.

Those interested in helping with the project or for more information can call Roberta Hardt at the parish office Monday through Thursday at 860-274-9273.

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