Michelle Luttrell of Darien reached out to friends in an email to help deliver aid to women in Bridgeport who receive counseling and addiction treatment at Liberation’s Outpatient Services center.

“I’ve become involved with an organization that nourishes my soul, but at times makes me overwhelmed at the never ending need of women in dire circumstances,” Luttrell wrote.

Her goal, inspired by a visit to the Bridgeport center with Liberation President Alan Mathis, was to recruit help to deliver “100 bags of hope” to the women.

Some 50 of her friends responding, shopping and delivering enough food and personal care items for 50 women to receive two large bags of groceries.

On Nov. 19, a caravan of eight SUVs filled with oversized, reusable shopping bags arrived at the Liberation Programs’ Outpatient Services center, where professional counseling and addiction treatment services are provided to nearly 800 people each year, including many single mothers with children who live at or below the poverty level. Women attending a support group greeted the friends and accepted the grocery bags filled with items from the shopping list — staples such as rice, onions, bread and canned tuna fish, as well as bath tissue, toothpaste and body wash.

“When the women saw the bags it was too much for many and lots of tears were shed. Many were dumbfounded that this random group of women from Darien cared enough about them to bring these bags of hope. The items that we are so fortunate to have daily were luxuries for them,” Luttrell said.

Some of the women who received groceries had taken two bus rides to be there that day, and some arrived walking with canes; to make the return trip home with their gift bags, Liberation Programs’ staff drove those who needed help.

Liberation’s CEO Alan Mathis invited Luttrell to tour the organizations programs in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport.

“The women we are working to help in our programs are struggling to achieve and maintain sobriety while dealing with multiple issues of food insecurity and meeting basic, day-to-day needs. This was an opportunity for women to do something for other women, much like themselves but in very different circumstances. We are thankful for this wonderful ‘field mission’ Michelle organized and invite other caring women in our community to be inspired by her example,” Mathis said.