BRUNSWICK — Parishioners and community members in the Brunswick area are being asked to help local residents stay warm through the winter months.

“Warm Thy Neighbor” is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29 and 30, at St. Charles Borromeo Church at 132 McKeen St. and St. John the Baptist Church at 39 Pleasant St., both in Brunswick.

The special collection will be held in the churches’ narthexes and through the mail to help those in need of assistance in paying their heating bills. In recent years, the response to the collection has been overwhelming, according to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

Those looking to participate can do so in two ways.

If attending a Mass at one of the churches, monetary donations can be left in the special, marked collection baskets as people leave the church. Cash or checks are acceptable, but checks should be made out to All Saints Parish with “Warm Thy Neighbor” in the subject line.

Masses will be held at 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday at St. John the Baptist and at 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Charles Borromeo.

Those who are not able to attend Mass in person can send a check to All Saints Parish, 144 Lincoln St., Bath, ME 04530. Checks should be made out as noted above.

Donations will be forwarded to Tedford Housing, where the delivery of fuel to those in need is organized. Tedford Housing, formerly Tedford Shelter, was founded by the Brunswick Area Interfaith Council to provide emergency shelter for the area’s homeless adults in 1987. At the core of all of Tedford Housing’s programs and services is case management, ensuring every client the organization serves has access to all of the health, human, and community services needed to address the challenges that created their housing emergency.

For more information, call the parish office at 207-725-2624.

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