Bridgeport Rescue Mission seeks turkey and coat donations

Bridgeport Rescue Mission is preparing for their Great ThanksGiving Project where they plan to distribute turkeys, fixings bags and coats to 3,000 low-income and working-poor families in coastal Fairfield County. The Mission is in critical need of turkeys and coats to ensure they have enough for families in need this Thanksgiving. They need 3,000 turkeys and 15,000 coats.

“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 putting out a plea, asking our community to join with us in making sure our hurting neighbors here in Bridgeport and South Norwalk enjoy a special Thanksgiving.”

Individuals, companies, civic groups and churches are invited to help by organizing a drive for 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 may also donate “virtual” turkeys by making an online gift of $20 at

“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. Along with a warm meal, we’re able to give parents and their children coats to help keep them warm all winter long. 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 may be dropped off at the Mission’s Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 2B, in Bridgeport, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Mission requests that donations be made no later than Nov. 9 to ensure they are organized and ready for the event, which takes place Nov. 18-24.

For more information about the Great ThanksGiving Project contact Donna Romano, events manager, via the contact information listed above or visit our website. For more information on the Mission’s programs and services for homeless and hurting men, women and children visit