Just before the crush of Thanksgiving, we were fortunate to have four wonderful students from Bridgeport's Kolbe Cathedral High School and their adult mentors volunteer three hours in our Food Pantry, helping sort and organize donations. Pictured here are Annaclaudia Alvarez, Valentina Rodriguez, Quiana Allen and Lauren Woods, and thanks to their and their mentors' helping hands, we were ready to distribute 200 Thanksgiving baskets to our neighbors in need just before Thanksgiving.

Our elves were busy this morning, sorting and wrapping gifts for our clients! We’re so grateful for our donors, volunteers and St. Anthony’s for the space. What better way to get into the holiday spirit? We’ll be here today 4:30-6:30pm for gift drop off!

TODAY is the last day for gift/gift card drop-off for Hope for the Holidays! Thank you for your generosity as we help our neighbors in need have a brighter holiday season!

Just a quick reminder that this Monday and Tuesday are the gift/gift card drop-off dates for Hope for the Holidays!

Thanks to our generous donors, gifts are purchased and crossed off lists...and now we need your help sorting and wrapping the bounty! Our "Hope for the Holidays" adopt a family program is in full swing and we are looking for volunteers to help sort, wrap and distribute the gifts next week. Sorting and wrapping takes place at St. Anthony of Padua Church on South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield, December 10-12.

Thanksgiving was made even more special for our Community Kitchen guests by the Mẹcha Noodle Bar team! The team kindly prepared and served holiday favorites to our guests, rounding out a wonderful holiday meal. Thanks so much for your time and talents, Mẹcha Noodle Bar!

Our gratitude goes to the Black Rock Church community and Care & Prayer Pastor Gaylord Lemke for supporting our Thanksgiving meal drive! Thanks to the church's generous members, 200 local households will enjoy a complete Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings! From our heart to yours this holiday season...we are blessed to be part of your world, thank you!

Many thanks to Marita Wein of Alternative Investment Group in Southport, who joined Michael Tansley and Tina Reynolds to finish their volunteer painting project of one of our affordable housing units. We are so appreciative of the team's help to make our client's house into a home.

We believe that that no one should go to bed hungry. Do you? Operation Hope is looking for a few good people interested in being trained to volunteer in our Food Pantry. Continue reading if you're interested!

Thank you to our volunteers, donors and Kings Hwy Stop and Shop staff for yesterday’s food drive! The cash and non-perishable donations will go a long way towards feeding our neighbors in need.