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Westport Rallies Behind Fire-Damaged Church

WESTPORT, Conn. – Sunday night's fire at Saugatuck Congregational Church not only destroyed the rear of the church, it also claimed more than 30 frozen turkeys donated for the church's annual Thanksgiving Feast, spokesperson Mary Ann West said.

Despite the loss, the church is forging ahead with the feast. Not only has a new venue been selected, West said the church received two large donations of turkeys from Stew Leonard's and Scott Thommen of Westport's Britt-Air less than 24 hours after the fire. Thanks to these donations, West said the church is restocked on turkeys.

West added that thankfully, the church had yet to pick up donated produce from Stop & Shop when the fire hit, and other food items needed have already been repurchased or donated.

“Every year, Stop & Shop donates hundreds of pounds of produce for the feast, like potatoes, carrots and green beans,” she said. “We have not picked it up yet and they are willing to hold it for us—which is a huge relief.”

The Thanksgiving Feast will take place at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane, beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday. As always, West said the feast is free and open to everyone in the community.

Although the church does not need any more food donations, West said monetary donations are needed to help buy/rent supplies needed for the feast. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can send a check to the church at 245 Post Road E., with "feast" listed in the memo.

The United Church of Christ of Connecticut has set up a "Saugatuck CC Fire Fund" on its website for those wishing to make a general donation to help the church rebuild.

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