The Great ThanksGiving Project

Thursday, November 19 through Saturday, November 21

It’s our biggest event of the year… every year!

We’ll provide 3,200 families in need with a turkey, and bag of fixings so they can prepare a home cooked Thanksgiving meal. In an effort to keep everyone safe, we will be doing a drive-thru experience at the Webster Bank Arena parking lot. 

*In previous years we have given out over 15,000 winter coats along with hats, gloves, scarves and warm socks. We want everyone to be safe and protected during these unprecedented times, so we will be distributing winter clothing differently this year. We are still accepting donations of winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves and warm socks. We have partnered with local housing authorities, community organizations and schools to help us with the distribution. This means we will not be distributing coats DURING our Great Thanksgiving Project. We still are providing coats to the community this winter, it will just be through different avenues!

Here’s how you can take part in this amazing outreach of compassion and hope!

Form a turkey team

Families. Workplace associates. Civic groups. Churches and Synagogues. All are encouraged to form a team to collect turkeys—frozen or virtual!

  • Select a name for your team.
  • Your team can donate $20 (link to donation page) for each “virtual turkey” you wish to provide.
  • OR Purchase and deliver your frozen turkeys to our Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 2-B, in Bridgeport, CT, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Email Courtney Pandolfi at Kim Fawcett , at KFawcett@BridgeportRescueMission.org or (203) 333-4087, ext. 113, to let us know you’ll take part
Create a Turkey Team

Organize a coat drive

Invite your friends, coworkers and congregation to gather gently used winter coats – along with jackets, hats, gloves and scarves – to help ensure needy children and adults stay warm all winter.

  • Encourage your church, synagogue and business to put collection boxes in a central location.
  • Email your family, friends and neighbors and ask them to donate winter wear they no longer need.
  • Deliver your coats and winter wear to our Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 2-B, in Bridgeport, CT, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hold a Thanksgiving Food Drive

Rally your business, church, synagogue or community group to hold a drive for the foods listed below. They’ll be used to provide Thanksgiving meals that will be served in our dining room and from our Mobile Kitchens – and to fill the bags of fixings we’ll distribute to needy families.

  • We need: 12- to 15-pound frozen turkeys; canned green beans, corn & peas; canned sweet potatoes; canned cranberry sauce; stuffing mix (not croutons); gravy mixes.
  • Deliver your food items to our Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 2-B, in Bridgeport, CT, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join a Distribution Team

Experience the grateful smiles of hungry children, struggling parents and lonely seniors as you present them with everything they need for a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal and much-appreciated winter wear.

  • Gather your family, friends or co-workers to pack fixings bags, distribute turkeys, and help families select coats to keep warm this winter.
  • For all the details, contact Kim Fawcett , at KFawcett@BridgeportRescueMission.org or (203) 333-4087, ext. 113.

Join a Prayer or Hospitality Team

Spread encouragement and hope to those who take part in our GreatThanksgiving Project.

  • Pastors and members of local congregations are invited to pray with anyone who comes for turkeys and coats.
  • Volunteers are also needed to purchase treats or bring homemade treats to offer guests as they wait in line.
  • For all the details, contact Kim Fawcett , at KFawcett@BridgeportRescueMission.org or (203) 333-4087, ext. 113.

Serve with a Corporate Team or Become a Corporate Sponsor

Local businesses and organizations are greatly needed to help us meet our extraordinary holiday needs.

  • Form a corporate team and have fun assisting others while building company spirit.
  • Corporate sponsors are also needed to underwrite the costs of the GreatThanksgiving Project.
  • To learn more about the details and benefits to your organization, contact Kim Fawcett , at KFawcett@BridgeportRescueMission.org or (203) 333-4087, ext. 113.

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Join Bridgeport Rescue Mission in helping the homeless right here in coastal Fairfield County. Because each person, family, and situation are unique, we meet all whom we serve at his or her point of need and offer solutions to help fight poverty from the inside out.


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