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Mission thanks community for helping replace cooler

September 30, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport Rescue Mission issued a press release stating that staff were “grateful for the community’s quick and generous response to their urgent call for funding for a new walk-in cooler when their aging unit failed.”

The mission’s food program provides three meals daily to hundreds of men, women and children in its emergency shelters and long-term programs and to low-income individuals and families in the community. The unbudgeted expense for replacing the broken cooler — which includes the new cooler, a concrete foundation and associated installation costs — totaled approximately $40,000.

“When the community learned of this pressing need, our friends and partners stepped up as they always do,” said mission executive director Terry Wilcox in a news release. “Hundreds of donors contributed $25,000 in financial gifts and we received a pledge for $20,000 from a very generous individual.”

Wilcox is also thankful for the partnership of Impact Vine - a community of non-profit organizations and donors working together to raise funds for projects that help solve problems - which secured over $2,000 for the project.

While waiting for the cooler to arrive and be installed, the mission has rented a refrigerated truck that will enable staff to store food and continue to prepare the meals served in their dining room and from their mobile kitchens. The rental fee is $1,500 per week.

Gifts for the ongoing support of this project can be made online at BridgeportRescueMission.org/codeblue. Information on mission’s programs and services can be found on the website as well. For additional information, contact Donna Romano, Director of Communications at 203-520-2997 or DRomano@BridgeportRescueMission.org.

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