Bridgeport Rescue Mission Calls on Community for Turkeys and Coats to Distribute to Those in Need Through the Great ThanksGiving Project
That’s what Bridgeport Rescue Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox says about the Mission’s Great ThanksGiving Project, their annual event to bring food, coats and encouragement to thousands of hurting people throughout coastal Fairfield County.
With the support of generous donors, volunteers and corporate sponsors, the Mission will provide more than 3,200 turkeys and bags of fixings for low-income members of the community, enabling them to prepare a Thanksgiving meal in their own homes. The Mission will also serve Thanksgiving dinners in their dining room and from their Mobile Kitchens.
In addition, more than 15,000 coats and items of winter wear will be given away to people of all ages to help ensure they can stay warm and healthy during the cold months ahead.
The Great ThanksGiving Project takes place November 15–18 and November 20–21 at Webster Bank Arena from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. daily and in Norwalk on November 16-18 at Grace Baptist Church. Wilcox is issuing a call to the community for turkeys and coats to make this tremendous outpouring of compassion and assistance possible.
“We’re asking individuals, civic and school groups, companies, churches and synagogues to collect frozen turkeys to provide more than 88,000 meals through our Thanksgiving fixings bags and the dinners served in our dining room,” Wilcox said. Groups may also opt to give $20 for each “virtual” turkey they wish to donate. “In addition, we need new and gently used coats and jackets for men, women and children of all sizes,” he added.
The donations can be delivered to the Mission’s Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 2-B, in Bridgeport, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They need to be received by November 15 so they can be sorted, bagged and prepared for the Great ThanksGiving Project.
“For anyone with a desire to help those who are disadvantaged and struggling with life’s challenges, this is a great way to ensure our hurting neighbors here in Bridgeport and South Norwalk enjoy a special Thanksgiving,” Wilcox said.
For more information on the event, as well as the Mission’s full range of programs and services, visit BridgeportRescueMission.org. Financial donations are greatly appreciated and can be made on the site as well.
Bridgeport Rescue Mission demonstrates the love of God to hungry, homeless and addicted people
throughout coastal Fairfield County, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We fight poverty from the inside out by providing a place of hope and dignity through a year-long educational program, biblical counseling and case management. We are funded by compassionate individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations.