Packing bags for those in need

Volunteers Kathleen Noonan, left, and Carrie Rowley, both of New London, check bags filled with hats, gloves, socks, scarves and other items to add missing items if necessary during the Pack Your Bags event Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Parade Plaza in New London.  The event, created by Toby Mathew of Niantic and partnered with the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, was meant to bring the city together and serve those in need.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Volunteers Kathleen Noonan, left, and Carrie Rowley, both of New London, check bags filled with hats, gloves, socks, scarves and other items to add missing items if necessary during the Pack Your Bags event Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Parade Plaza in New London. The event, created by Toby Mathew of Niantic and partnered with the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, was meant to bring the city together and serve those in need. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

New London — Volunteers gathered Saturday at Parade Plaza to pack bags with hats, gloves, socks, scarves and other items  during the Pack Your Bags event.

The event, created by Toby Mathew of Niantic and partnered with the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, was meant to bring the city together and serve those in need.

Toby Mathew, center, talks with Gino DeMaio, right, CEO of Sound Community Services, and his wife, Lisa DeMaio, left, as people gather for the Pack Your Bags event Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Parade Plaza in New London. At the event volunteers filled and handed out bags with winter items for those in need. Mathew, of Niantic, created the event and partnered with the New London Homeless Hospitality Center to bring the city together and serve those in need.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)
Toby Mathew, center, talks with Gino DeMaio, right, CEO of Sound Community Services, and his wife, Lisa DeMaio, left, as people gather for the Pack Your Bags event Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Parade Plaza in New London. At the event volunteers filled and handed out bags with winter items for those in need. Mathew, of Niantic, created the event and partnered with the New London Homeless Hospitality Center to bring the city together and serve those in need. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
People gather Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, for the Pack Your Bags event at Parade Plaza in New London, were volunteers filled and handed out bags of necessities. The event, created by Toby Mathew of Niantic and partnered with the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, was meant to bring the city together and serve those in need.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)
People gather Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, for the Pack Your Bags event at Parade Plaza in New London, were volunteers filled and handed out bags of necessities. The event, created by Toby Mathew of Niantic and partnered with the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, was meant to bring the city together and serve those in need. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

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