Bridgeport Rescue Mission Needs Community Support to Provide Christmas Dinner and Other “Miracles” for the Homeless and Poor
“We invite anyone who is interested in contributing to our holiday programs to get involved and make miracles happen for our hungry and homeless neighbors.”
—Executive Director Terry Wilcox
For struggling families and individuals here in coastal Fairfield County, a traditional Christmas dinner—or a hot, nutritious meal any day of the year—can seem like a miracle. But the staff and volunteers at Bridgeport Rescue Mission believe in the presence of love, miracles happen.
Executive Director Rev. Terry Wilcox says love is shown in many ways and one of the most impressive demonstrations is the generosity of friends and partners that allow the Mission to carry out their programs and services. This holiday season contributions of financial and material gifts will make it possible for the Mission to provide a wholesome Christmas dinner for its New Life Discipleship students and shelter guests and for homeless and low-income members of the community. The meals will be served at the Mission’s main campus in Bridgeport and its outreach in South Norwalk. The Mission will also distribute Pantry Boxes to working-poor families and deliver meals to hungry adults and children at sites in 11 impoverished neighborhoods through their Mobile Kitchen.
“And like in your own family, we’ll have presents to open for all those in our care,” Wilcox said. Adults and children will receive warm sleeping bags and needy youngsters will receive bags with a bedtime story book, a stuffed animal and more. Mission program students will receive personal items like Christian books and CDs and phone cards. Shelter guests will get hats, scarves, gloves and heavy socks, as well as personal-hygiene items.
“We invite anyone who is interested in contributing to our holiday programs to get involved and make miracles happen for our hungry and homeless neighbors,” Wilcox said. Lists of the needed food items and gifts can be found online at www.BridgeportRescueMission.org, and those who wish to help are encouraged to bring contributions to the Mission’s Bridgeport Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 2-B, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Financial gifts are greatly needed as well, and can be made online at www.BridgeportRescueMission.org.
For more information on Bridgeport Rescue Mission’s programs and services for homeless and addicted men and women and working-poor families, contact Linda Casey, the Mission’s director of development and strategic planning, at the numbers listed above.
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. We fight poverty from the inside out by providing a place of hope and dignity through a yearlong educational program, biblical counseling and case management. We are funded by compassionate individuals, churches, businesses and organizations.