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First responders donate winter bags for the homeless

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Connecticut State Police receives donation of winter bags for the homeless. (WFSB) Connecticut State Police receives donation of winter bags for the homeless. (WFSB)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut State Troopers received a donation of winter bags for the homeless from their friends at Massachusetts State Police. 

On Wednesday morning, Bob "The Bike Man" Charland, of Springfield, MA, and the Massachusetts State Police traveled to the headquarters of the Connecticut State Police Headquarters in Middletown where they donated 80 first responder winter bags. 

The bags will be given to Troop A - Southbury, Troop G - Bridgeport and Troop H - Hartford, where troopers will carry the bags in their cruisers to give to those in need. 

Charland came up with the idea of First Responder Winter Bags for the Homeless. The bags contain the following items:

  • foot/hand warmers
  • hats, gloves, socks
  • toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • soap
  • lotion
  • baby wipes
  • meal replacement shakes
  • food
  • blankets
  • some contain feminine hygiene products 

This is not the first time Charland, who is terminally ill, has given back to the community.  Earlier this year, he founded the non-profit organization called Pedal Thru Youth. This organization provides bicycles to less fortunate children, with the goal that all children should have the chance to live an active life. More than 300 bicycles have been given out to children in the Springfield and Worchester, MA area.  

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