As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the holidays are rapidly approaching — starting with Thanksgiving on Nov. 26.
While the pandemic has caused financial challenges for many Americans, organizations throughout the state is stepping up to make sure every family has a turkey on their dinner table this Thanksgiving.
The Parker Task Force, a group operated by volunteers that is dedicated to providing individuals and families in Parker, Elizabeth or Franktown with food, limited financial assistance and more, is gathering Thanksgiving dinners that families can prepare at home. You can deliver Thanksgiving items to the Parker Task Force building at 19105 Longs Way between 9 a.m. and noon on Nov. 18, Nov. 20 or Nov. 21. For a full list of food items the group is requesting, visit parkertaskforce.org/Thanksgiving.htm.
The Denver Rescue Mission is striving to collect 15,000 turkeys for its annual Turkey Drive. Those turkeys make up the meals it prepares for guests while 3,000 Thanksgiving Banquets-in-a Box are distributed to families and individuals in need. The organization says $20 provides one turkey, and residents can make donations at denverrescuemission.org/2020-turkey-drive/.
The Action Center, a nonprofit organization based in Lakewood that provides human services to those in need, connects thousands of households with supplies and items during the year. On Nov. 21, the nonprofit will provide nearly 1,400 households with 5,200 individual Thanksgiving meals. At least 400 volunteers are expected to participate in the event while participants will drive through lanes as the volunteers load up the meals. To learn more about donating to the Action Center, visit theactioncenter.org/donate.
At the beginning of this week, the Denver Police Department began to deliver 600 Thanksgiving meals to families in need. The donations stem from a partnership between the police department and the Denver Police Foundation, AT&T, Wal-Mart and We Don’t Waste. The meals include a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and corn. The families who are receiving the meals were identified by the Denver Police Department’s community resource officers.
Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that has more than 200 foodbanks nationwide, reported that 76,000 people in Denver were considered food insecure before the coronavirus. The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment estimates that 22 percent of those who live in Denver are hungry since the pandemic started. Many family’s breadwinners are out of a job. During the week of Nov. 7, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported that 7,483 regular initial unemployment claims were filed.
If you’re inclined to donate after Thanksgiving, circle Dec. 8 on your calendar for Colorado Gives Day. The day is a program through Community First Foundation to celebrate and increase philanthropy in the state. To learn more about making a donation, visit www.coloradogives.org.
COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives. On the most minimal level, please donate if you are able. Be safe, practice social distancing, wear your mask.
Hope, health and peace, this holiday season.