Step up and help your neighbors this holiday season

From the Bridgeport Rescue Mission:

Once again this year, Bridgeport Rescue Mission will provide a turkey dinner with all the trimmings for thousands of hungry and struggling men, women and children throughout Bridgeport and South Norwalk.

The Mission relies on donations from the community to make this outreach possible, and Executive Director Terry Wilcox believes friends and partners will step up to ensure no one goes without a special Thanksgiving meal.

“Here in coastal Fairfield County, where the hearts of our neighbors are so big and their compassion is so strong, no one should go hungry—especially at Thanksgiving,” he said.

Because many food items used in the Mission’s Thanksgiving meals are donated, it costs only $2.50 to provide a meal for one person. The Mission is asking donors to provide the funds needed for the traditional “sit-down” dinner they’ll serve to their students and guests from the community, as well as the meals they’ll give out in our area’s poorest neighborhoods from their Mobile Kitchen.

They’ll also distribute Thanksgiving Pantry Food Boxes—which include turkeys and all the fixings—to 3,000 needy families in Bridgeport and South Norwalk. In all, the Mission will provide more than 12,000 Thanksgiving meals.

Volunteer opportunities are available for groups and individuals who would like to pack the Pantry Food Boxes or hold drives for the food items used in their Thanksgiving meals or for coats that will be distributed during this time.

As Wilcox explains, donations of time, material goods and financial gifts enable the Mission to provide more than 600,000 meals throughout the year, along with the care, compassion and hope that go with this physical nourishment.

“For the homeless in our emergency shelters, the Mission offers safe beds, clean clothing, hot meals and help repairing their lives. For men and women in our New Life Discipleship Program, we provide time to heal, addiction recovery and guidance in becoming responsible and stable members of our community. A simple meal can be the first step toward renewed hope and a fresh start in life,” he said.

Financial donations can be made online at Information about the Mission’s Thanksgiving food drives and other volunteer opportunities can be found on their website, as well.

Frank Juliano