‘Tis the season to be thankful, and as is their annual tradition, Grace Community Church hopes to show those at The Bridgeport Rescue Mission how blessed we are to serve with them year round. This November, volunteers from GCC have filled over 75 Walter Stewart’s reusable tote bags with food and other items related to Turkey Day. These “Thanksgiving Totes” will be taken directly to the BRM for their annual collection of dinner items, providing Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Each bag contains a variety of foods ranging from canned corn, peas and sweet potatoes to stuffing mix, gravy, coffee, as well as a $25 Stop and Shop gift card that will be used to purchase turkeys and pies.
Although these totes will be donated to parents in Bridgeport for the benefit of their families, the kids from Grace church who help are the ones who learn valuable lessons. “When you give back to others you learn to respect that everyone goes through hard times and that you can make a big difference in someone’s life by doing something as simple as donating a meal,” says TJ Richardson, a seventh grader at Saxe Middle School who attends Grace. Richardson explains that making it possible for another family to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner “makes me thankful for all I have and reminds me that everything we have is a blessing from God and that we need to share our resources with others who don’t have as much.” For more information on how you can help the Bridgeport Rescue Mission this holiday season, visit www.bridgeportrescuemission.org.
Grace Community Church’s Sunday service begins at 9:30am at Saxe Middle School with coffee and bagels available at 9:00am in the lobby. There is nursery care available for babies through 2 years old, Sunday school classes for children 3 years old through 6th grade, and a special service just for middle and high school students called the GYG (Grace Youth Gathering) weekly beginning at 9:30am. For more information, visit www.gracecommunity.info <http://www.gracecommunity.info> .