Turkeys needed

Bridgeport 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.

Executive Director Terry Wilcox said the mission needs to receive 3,000 frozen turkeys —12 to 24 pounds 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,” he said.

Frozen turkeys can be dropped off at the mission’s Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 2-B, Bridgeport, through Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Or, donate “virtual” turkeys by making a gift of $20 for each bird you would like to contribute. Financial donations can be made online at BridgeportRescueMission.org.

For more indformation, contact Donna Romano,  203-333-4087, ext. 111.