Connecticut woman honors her brother by helping the homeless

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WATERTOWN, Conn. -- A Connecticut woman is taking to the streets of Watertown to help the homeless while honoring her late brother's memory.

Donna Finneran's twin brother Brian O'Connell died homeless a year and a half ago, and that's when she came up with the idea of "Brian Bags," according to WTIC.

Officially called the Brian O'Connell Homeless Project, the bags are filled with toiletries, snacks, a first aid kit, even gift cards to fast food restaurants.

Each Brian Bag provides essentials that anyone living on the streets can benefit from.

"Just last month we made a thousand Brian Bags," Finneran said from her Watertown home which is stocked with donated supplies.

Finneran said she delivers the bags almost every day of the week to the homeless in towns across the Naugatuck Valley.

"I'm trying to change how people look at the homeless," she said. "to look at the homeless in a different way, that it could be someone's brother, sister, or family member out there."

With support from her church and community, Finneran said the Brian Bag Project will continue to hit the streets.

"I'm so proud my whole town helps me to support his goal," she said.

To find out more about the Brian Bag Project click here.

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