The Meaning of Thanksgiving: More Than Just a Meal with the Family

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 9.22.05 PMBridgeport Rescue Mission is in great need of donations of frozen turkeys to ensure needy families can prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

“We’re grateful to Howard Saffan and Webster Bank Arena for opening their doors again this year to host our Great ThanksGiving Project turkey and coat distribution in Bridgeport and to Grace Baptist Church, our distribution site in South Norwalk.

The turkeys will be included in the more than 3,000 Thanksgiving Dinner Pantry Boxes the Mission will distribute to near-homeless and impoverished families in Bridgeport and South Norwalk.  They will also be used in the Thanksgiving Day dinners the Mission will provide 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.

Terry Wilcox said the Mission needs to receive 3,000 frozen turkeys—12 to 24 lbs each—to ensure no one in need will go without a turkey for Thanksgiving.

“But right now we’re running far short of the number we must have on hand to begin packing our Pantry Boxes and preparing for our Thanksgiving meals,” Wilcox said.

“When our Mission friends know of this pressing need, I’m confident they’ll come through for us as they always do.  We can never have too many turkeys!  If the outpouring is so great that we receive more than we need for Thanksgiving, we’ll use them throughout the year.”

Frozen turkeys can be dropped off at the Mission’s Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 2-B, Bridgeport, every Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  You can also donate “virtual” turkeys by making a gift of $20 for each bird you would like to contribute.  Financial donations can be made online at