BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport Rescue Mission is asking individuals, civic and school groups, companies, churches and synagogues to collect frozen turkeys to provide more than 88,000 meals through the mission’s Thanksgiving fixings bags and the dinners served in its dining room.

Groups may also opt to give $20 for each “virtual” turkey they wish to donate.

“In addition, we need new and gently used coats and jackets for men, women and children of all sizes,” said Rescue Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox

The donations can be delivered to the Mission’s Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Ave., Unit 2-B, in Bridgeport, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They must be received by Nov. 15 so they can be sorted, bagged and prepared for the “Great ThanksGiving Project.”

The Great ThanksGiving Project will distribute the coats and food Nov. 15-18 and November 20-21 at Webster Bank Arena from 12:30 to 2 p.m. daily and on Nov. 16-18 at Grace Baptist Church, 17 West Ave, Norwalk. Wilcox is issuing a call to the community for turkeys and coats to make this tremendous outpouring of compassion and assistance possible.

“For anyone with a desire to help those who are disadvantaged and struggling with life’s challenges, this is a great way to ensure our hurting neighbors here in Bridgeport and South Norwalk enjoy a special Thanksgiving,” Wilcox said.

jburgeson@ctpost.com