Sweeneys raise awareness of needy in East Providence

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The Sweeney family continued to highlight the plight of those in need in city and across the area Friday, July 25, with their "Hope & Faith" walk.

The walk began at Pierce Field where Carl Sweeney was joined by the youngsters who attend the East Providence Recreation Department summer program there. Mr. Sweeney and the children walked around the Pierce Stadium track for an hour before he headed out to Lyon Avenue then to Warren Avenue.

From there, Mr. Sweeney, with his "red wagon" in tow, his wife Maureen and others walked down Pawtucket Avenue to Bullocks Point Avenue, making 11 stops along the way to talk about the struggles of the less fortunate and to be joined by supporters.

"People don't always know it, but people are struggling. There are people out there who really need help," Mr. Sweeney said recently during a phone conversation.

Mr. Sweeney, a custodian in the East Providence School System, and his family have been collecting donations of money and food at the end of each month for the last several years. He distributes the collected items to numerous families or organization in need.

According to a Facebook post, Mr. Sweeney wrote: "Since I have started, the list of contributors has grown and the support has been endless. We will continue to collect canned goods and donations all throughout the year and hopefully help as many people in need as possible."

For more information of the "Hope & Faith" drive visit the group's Facebook page or call 401-474-4624.

East Providence Post and eastbayri.com staff photographer Richard W. Dionne Jr. chronicled Friday's effort in the pictures below.

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