As thousands of families across the country prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, people are hitting the grocery stores to purchase turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes, bread and whatever family traditions are called upon. However, there are many people across the country and in the state, who are not lucky enough to be able to celebrate a Thanksgiving meal.
In Colorado, there are a large number of organizations and groups who will spend this Thursday helping to feed those who are not as fortunate. Check out these places if you, or your family can’t afford to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.
The Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the Salvation Army will host its annual all American Thanksgiving meal. The organization serves hundreds of homeless people across the Denver Metro area for a Thanksgiving meal.
Operation Turkey in Colorado Springs
At the P.F. Chang’s located at 1725 Briargate Pkwy, volunteers will prepare, package and deliver food to the homeless and less fortunate. There will also be a turkey tailgate event the day before Thanksgiving in which turkeys will be cooked and donations will be sorted.
VFW Post 1
VFW Post 1 will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving meal from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 841 Santa Fe Drive. Veterans can come for a meal, and food will be prepared and served by other veterans.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver
Located at 6240 Smith Road, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver, will host a Thanksgiving dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The organization has seven ministries, and it has been serving northern Colorado since 1927.
Thanksgiving can be a great time to reflect and realize how fortunate you are. Volunteering to help others can be a rewarding experience, but the trick is finding out what you’re passionate about.
The Denver Rescue Mission
The Denver Rescue Mission, located at 1130 Park Ave. West gives opportunities to work with the local homeless population. You can help prepare and serve meals at the Denver Rescue Mission, assist with the Rescue Mission’s education programs and more. You can find more information by visiting www.serve.drmvolunteers.org, or by calling 303-294-0157.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds and sells homes to people in need of decent and affordable housing, also has volunteer options. Volunteers assist by building affordable homes, and no prior experience is needed. Those who wish to volunteer can do so as a group, or individually. For more information visit www.habitatmetrodenver.org/volunteer/.
The Denver Foundation
The Denver Foundation whose mission is to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen the community, relies heavily on volunteers. However, there are only a small number of volunteer slots available each year, but according to its website, the organization is welcoming nominations for its Basic Human Needs Committee, the Economic Opportunity Committee, the Education committee, and a few more positions. More information can be found at www.denverfoundation.org/About/Volunteering.