Stuff-a-truck with food and coats drive

Bridgeport Rescue Mission partners with New England Prayer Center

BRM-Stuff-TruckSliderFOODLayer_smThe New England Prayer Center is reaching out to the community to launch a Stuff-A-Truck with food and coats drive to feed hungry families and ensure they have the warm coats they need.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission staff and volunteers will be on hand on Monday, Nov. 30, Tuesday, Dec. 1 and Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The New England Prayer Center, 22 South Park Ave., Easton, to to receive donations.

“Everybody has a coat in their closet they no longer wear,” Gina Blaze, prayer center co-director, said. “If you haven’t worn it in a year you probably won’t be wearing it again. Someone needs that coat.”

The mission’s food pantry is always in need of non-perishable food.

Groceries donated during the drive will be used to prepare meals the mission provides each day in its dining rooms and mobile kitchen, and for pantry bags it distributes daily to people in need.

The winter coats will be given to those in need as the bad weather sets in.

“It’s been a difficult year for many of our city’s working-poor families and homeless individuals,” said Executive Director Terry Wilcox. “Many are having to choose between paying the rent or buying groceries. Despite parents’ best efforts, some children aren’t getting enough to eat. We must remain prepared to help. This event is a fun and easy way to ensure we have the food we need to provide hot meals and pantry bags for hungry men, women and children today and in the coming months.”

Those who want to help are asked to bring coats of all sizes and bags of the items listed below to the New England Prayer Center.

Food items needed: canned soup and vegetables, tuna, beans, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, cold cereal, powdered drink mix and coffee.

“As you stuff our truck with food and coats you’ll feel good knowing someone on the streets, a weary mom and her youngsters, a senior citizen on a limited income and so many other struggling people will have a nutritious meal tonight and tomorrow because you care,” Wilcox said.

For more information on the mission’s programs and services for homeless and hurting men, women and children, call Jessica Allen, communications manager, at 203-333-4087, ext. 116, or 203-788-0317, cell; or visitBridgeportRescueMission.org.

Mission statement

Bridgeport Rescue Mission demonstrates the love of God to hungry, homeless and addicted people throughout Fairfield County, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It fights poverty from the inside out by providing a place of hope and dignity through a yearlong educational program, biblical counseling and case management. The mission is funded by compassionate individuals, churches, businesses and organizations.

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