May 9, 2014

St. Francis Chapel concludes annual collection of personal care items for homeless



Staff report

SPRINGFIELD – St. Francis Chapel in downtown Springfield has successfully completed its eighth annual drive to collect personal care items for local homeless individuals and families.

In a May 7 press release, organizers of the drive reported that “this year 59 full brown grocery bags were donated to Mercy Medical Center for their Health Care Program for the Homeless. 

“We owe many thanks to Father Jim Brennan for the legacy he has left for Springfield,” the press release stated. “Many, many thanks to all who have supported this program, both known and unknown.”

In the photo above, posing with some of the items collected, are (left to right) Raymond Rivera, Anne Mahoney, Father Seán O'Mannion, Joanne Brackoneski, Ellen Lambert and Dawna Lambert.

The press release also acknowledges the following local businesses: Tower Square, Big Y, The Cruise Store, Garvey Communication Associates Inc., The Marriott Hotel, Clean the World Foundation, Dominican Monastery, Rocky's Hardware Stores, Mass Mutual, Snap Fitness, “the many generous dentists,” the Freedom Credit Union of Feeding Hills, as well as Agawam Flower Shop, Cooper's Commons, Main Street Deli, Floral Concepts by Tom, Hidden Treasures and Cooper's Gifts & Curtains, all in Agawam.

Also acknowledged in the press release are the Hampton Inn, Stateline Auto Sales Design and Automation Associates in Enfield, Conn., and poster designer, Adrienne Sullivan.