Bridgeport Rescue Mission will soon begin packing Thanksgiving dinner pantry boxes that will be distributed to near-homeless and working-poor families in Bridgeport and South Norwalk. The boxes will be filled with all the fixings-including frozen turkeys-that poverty-stricken men, women and children need to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in their own homes.
Executive Director Terry Wilcox said the mission needs to receive 3,500 frozen turkeys, 12-24 pounds each, to ensure no one in need will go without a turkey for Thanksgiving. “We’re inviting churches, schools, businesses and other groups to form ‘turkey teams’ to see how many birds they can bring in,” he said.
Donated turkeys are also used in the Thanksgiving day dinners the Mission will distribute to hungry and homeless people from their mobile kitchen and in the meals that will be served to mission students and needy men, women and children from their main dining room.
The mission also needs the basics such as stuffing mix, canned sweet potatoes, peas, corn, green beans and cranberry sauce and shares a complete list of items needed on their website at BridgeportRescueMission.org.
Frozen turkeys may be dropped off at the mission’s donation center, 1069 Connecticut Ave., Unit 2-B, Bridgeport, every Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. You may also donate “virtual” turkeys by making a gift of $20 for each bird you would like to contribute. Financial donations may be made online at BridgeportRescueMission.org.