Dear friend,

I can’t begin to express what your gift means to me and my family. The wheelchair is most definitely helpful and will go to extremely good use, there’s no doubt about that. But more than the wheelchair value, I so greatly appreciate the thought behind the gift. Being disabled is a burden but your actions have really lightened the load. For that especially, I thank you.

This time has been difficult for us, but knowing we have the support of people like you certainly help. Please know I won’t forget your kind gesture. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Lismarie Echevarria


"Thank You From Bridgeport Rescue Mission regarding new partnership formed with Partner Reinsurance Company of the U.S., forged by NCH."


 Dear Joe,

Wanted to let you know that Vin Forgione brought an entire VAN full of clothes and food today. I met up with him at the Donation Center and it was a pleasure to meet him. Thank YOU for all your efforts on our behalf. It is greatly appreciated. P.S. – I assume you know by now that the Disability Resource Network has scheduled regular visits to volunteer at our Donation Center … this, also, is a great help to us.

Blessings, Linda

Linda Casey
Director of Development & Strategic Planning
Bridgeport Rescue Mission


Thank you from Bridgeport Rescue a Mission regarding partnership with Fairway Markets forged by NCH"

Dear James and Caroline:

I wanted to thank you for the donation of 30 lbs. of ground beef. I was passing through the kitchen this morning and smelled something delicious. The men in our New Life Recovery program were having our homemade red bean chili over rice and some fresh watermelon. This was the very last serving (we fed 48 children and 81 adults with the chili) so I ran to get my camera. One of our Tuesday lunch volunteers, Kevin Hickey from Wilton, served me up the last portion. I told him the story about Fairway Market restoring our hope and ground beef supply. He said, “That’s where I’m shopping now!” Also, in the background, is Pastor Bill
whophoto bombed me. Pastor Bill serves a local congregation and teaches classes to our men’s group once a week and apparently likes attention! Chef Pat says that it’s her secret chili recipe. The men that eat her food tell me that the secret ingredient is love.

 Thank you for blessing us and for helping us fight poverty from the inside out,


 Mary Aly
Donor Relations Officer Bridgeport Rescue Mission

Family thankful as donations stream in for Bridgeport boy

BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport family says they have raised enough money to buy a wheelchair-accessible van for their child after a News 12 Connecticut report last weekend.

As News 12 reported, 4-year-old A.J. Corsino has Leigh disease, which weakens the mind and body, and leaves the patient unable to move or talk.

After the report on the child's ailment aired last Sunday, viewers donated more than $18,000 to the family.

"We just want to thank News 12 Connecticut and everybody who helped out," says Anthony Corsino. "It was really amazing. We did not expect it at all. We can't believe how many people helped us out during this time and it really means the world to us."

Corsino also thanked the local nonprofit group Needs Clearinghouse for helping arrange to buy the van which A.J. needs to get to his weekly doctor's appointments at Yale-New Haven Hospital.


The Needs Clearing House