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Organization in Bristol asking for donations to help needy families

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The Parent and Child Center at Bristol Hospital has provided children's clothing and supplies for those in need for years.

However, the shelves are bare at the center, which is located at 9 Prospect St., and they are asking for the public's help. 

For many years, the Caring Closet at the Parent and Child Center at Bristol Hospital has been to helping lower income families in Connecticut while trying to prevent child abuse.

"When you're stressed, all it takes is one wrong move, especially when you have an infant and you can irreparably, you may have heard of shaken baby syndrome," said Kimberly Carmelich, who is the director at the Caring Closet. "If we can provide a little bit of stress relief for that family, that's preventing child abuse."

Boxes that were once filled with clothes are now empty, and shelves that held jars of baby food are now bare. 

Carmelich said they are in dire need of donations.

"We have an increasing amount of people accessing the program, and I think that's why we're low," she said. "Because more families are needing this type of program."

Carmelich said there is a need for the Caring Closet in the Bristol area.

"We're here to help the fragile children in our community," she said.

According to Carmelich, she said she is hoping the community can step in and help by donating because without the Caring Closet, there's nowhere else for these families to go.

For more information on how you can help, call 860-585-3481 or email

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