During the past few weeks, Grace Community Church has collected more than 150 tote bags of food that will help make Thanksgiving special for people in Bridgeport.

The "Thanksgiving Totes" are part of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission's annual collection of dinner items, which will provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Each bag contains a range of food from canned corn, peas and sweet potatoes to stuffing mix, gravy, coffee, as well as a $25 Stop and Shop gift certificate that will be used to purchase turkeys and pies.

Although these totes will be donated to parents for the benefit of their families, the kids who give are the ones who learn a valuable lesson.

"Everyone deserves to celebrate and give thanks," Sadie Frame, a young member of Grace Community Church, said. "We're happy to help out some families that may not be able to buy their own Thanksgiving dinner."

David McKenna, the Grace Church liaison with BRM, echoes these sentiments.

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"This year we're making two trips up to the mission to deliver the Thanksgiving Pantry Box Totes, thanks to the generous donations from the church," he said.

The church has supported BRM in both large and small ways for 10 years.

"It's been so encouraging to see consistent giving to support the Mission and how it has made such a big impact on the people of need in Bridgeport," McKenna said.

Grace Community Church's Sunday service is at 9:30 a.m. at Saxe Middle School. Coffee and bagels are available at 9 a.m. in the lobby, and nursery care is available for babies through three years old. For more information, visit www.gracecommunity.info.