BRISTOL - Cumberland Farms hosted a grand opening event for its new store Thursday that also kicked off a four-week fundraiser for Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach.
Brian’s Angels is a movement of concerned citizens dedicated to helping the homeless in Bristol and makes an effort to help anyone in need in the surrounding communities.
Members of Brian’s Angels and staff members of the newly built Cumberland Farms, located at 266 Pine St., were pleased with their new partnership as they gathered outside the store for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new store and kick off the fundraiser.
Pat Stebbins, president of Brian’s Angels, explained that she was humbled by all the support the organization has received from Cumberland Farms, the community and police department.
Cumberland Farms reached out to the organization about the fundraising opportunity, Stebbins said, and offered to donate 10 cents from every dispensed beverage purchased at the new location directly to the organization from Thursday until Dec. 16.
She noted that the organization will use the funds raised to find its own warming center and purchase critical supplies. She added that Cumberland Farms offered a minimum of $1,000 to help the organization in the event that less is raised in the next month.
“I am so happy and overwhelmed by the support. It’s a wonderful turnout. We have done a couple of fundraisers, but nothing like this,” Stebbins said.
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