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Helping Hands Needed For Bridgeport's Great ThanksGiving Project

Bridgeport Rescue Mission, a nonprofit organization that provides food, shelter and support to families in need, is in the midst of collecting 3,000 turkeys and 15,000 coats to distribute for the Great ThanksGiving Project.
Bridgeport Rescue Mission, a nonprofit organization that provides food, shelter and support to families in need, is in the midst of collecting 3,000 turkeys and 15,000 coats to distribute for the Great ThanksGiving Project. Photo Credit: Bridgeport Rescue Mission website

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport Rescue Mission officials are looking for some helping hands to prepare for the annual Great ThanksGiving Project, which provdes food and clothing to around 3,000 working poor families in coastal Fairfield County.

Individuals and groups are being encouraged to donate turkeys and other food items, along with coats and winter wear. Officials hope to collect at least 3,000 12- to 15-pound turkeys and at least 15,000 coats and other items.

“There’s a big job ahead of us and we can’t do it alone,” said Bridgeport Rescue Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox. “Our greatest need right now is for frozen turkeys and winter coats for men, women and children. We’re asking our community to join with us in making sure our hurting neighbors here in Bridgeport and South Norwalk enjoy a special Thanksgiving.”

Officials are asking groups to organize drives to collect donations of winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and other winter wear for individuals of all ages and sizes, or host a turkey drive for 12- to 15-pound frozen turkeys. Individuals also can donate “virtual” turkeys by making an online gift of $20 at the website .

“Without our help, many of these families would go without a Thanksgiving meal,” Wilcox said. “This outreach gives struggling families the dignity of giving thanks together over a traditional dinner they’ve prepared at home."

Wilcox added, "This is our opportunity to demonstrate what Thanksgiving is all about — showing our gratitude for our many blessings by serving others in need.”

Frozen turkeys and coats can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at the Mission’s Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Ave., Unit 2B, in Bridgeport. Officials hope to get donations collected by Nov. 9 so they can prepare for the distribution event, which is set for Nov. 18-24.

For more information on the mission’s programs and services for homeless and hurting men, women and children visit its website .

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