As Thanksgiving approaches so to has what has become an annual tradition — the Sofferman family’s collection drive for Shelton-based Spooner House.

Dressed in traditional Thanksgiving garb, Dr. Bruce Sofferman, his wife, Deborah, and daughter Sophia, along with quite an enthusiastic turkey (Brian Tamburrini), are spending the morning today collecting turkeys, canned good, stuffing and monetary donations, all of which is donated to the non-profit organization which aids in feeding the hungry for Thanksgiving.

“My parents started this to raise awareness, to remind people to help those less fortunate this Thanksgiving season,” said Sophia, who was in a stroller when her parents began the collection drive more than three decades ago.

Today, people driving past 1000 Bridgeport Ave. — home of Dr. Sofferman’s Smile Dental Center office — will see the family waving to passersby, with piles of collected items already in place.

“This helps 100s of families every year,” said Sophia, adding that donations will continue to be accepted after today, with those donating also offered the chance to enter into a lottery for a free tooth bleaching or free Sonicare toothbrush.

Donations will be collected through noon today at the entrance to the office building at 1000 Bridgeport Ave.