There’s an imbalance here.

The big box stores and cyber retailers would like you to think this week is all about them. Black Friday, small-biz Saturday, Cyber Monday…even Target employees have to go to work on a national holiday (you know, the ones we’re all supposed to get off). But what about Thursday…Thanksgiving? Who does that actually belong to?

It belongs to you.

It belongs to the loving families gathering in home kitchens to share the appreciation of loved ones and the opportunities we have. But not every family gets to have this amazing experience once a year, or ever. This year you could make a difference in the lives of people who do not have an extra large butterball turkey to feast over, this year you can give back Thanksgiving.

Even just here in Denver there are a ton of wonderful resources for donating holiday food and necessities to the less fortunate. We wanted to highlight a few of these efforts for the great work they do to share Thanksgiving love with the humans who need it most.

Denver Rescue Mission

Every Thanksgiving the Denver Rescue Mission partners with over 100 unique agencies from churches to schools to nonprofits in order to host “A Turkey on Every Table”. In additions to this effort, at their the Lawrence Street shelter and the Fort Collins location, they distribute over 1,000 Thanksgiving food boxes to the homeless in their communities.

How You Can Help:

  • Donate frozen turkeys (12lbs or larger) at the Lawrence Street Shelter
    • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
  • Give cash toward a turkey.
    • The average turkey costs between $15.00 and $20.00.
  • Donate online!
  • Host a drive with friends, colleagues or your church and collect turkeys and needed canned food items for Thanksgiving.
  • Tell your friends – Share on Facebook or Twitter!
  • Support the turkey drive at Mike Ward Infiniti.
    • Turkey drop-off dates are: Nov 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Food Bank of the Rockies

FBOTR is one of the leading entities in food justice here in Denver. They have a plethora of programs dedicated to groups in need of fresh, nutritious food in an affordable if not donated capacity. From their mobile pantry to the Member Agency program, FBOTR provides over 800 programs with both food and essentials across the state of Colorado. A donation for the Food Bank not only helps provide local homeless with a warm holiday meal but they also serve a very large portion of families and children. “Surprisingly, the homeless represent only 10% of our food recipients. Nearly half of the food we distribute feeds children.”

How You Can Help:

Bienvenidos Food Bank

While headquartered at Converge in RiNo, we had the opportunity of being exposed to many amazing local groups serving the community in need. Bienvenidos Food Bank was one that stood out in particular to us with their comprehensive sharing program. BFB not only provides meals for families who worry where their next meal will come from, but they also serve school lunches to children who cannot afford them. Bienvenidos is a wonderful community resource that helps serve parents of families who do not have enough flex money to provide extra food to their children. They even have a resource within Denver schools for students and parents to reach out for donations in a safe, comfortable environment.

*PS there’s only 14 days until Colorado Gives Day!

How You Can Help:

  • Every $1 Donated = $9 Food Provided
  • Donate Essentials:
    • Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Lotion
  • Dental hygiene supplies
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Diapers, baby formula, warm clothing, boots
  • Donate Directly
  • Host a food drive at your Family Gathering!
    Email: director@bienvenidosfoodbank.org at your family party!

There are a ton of ways to give back this holiday season, whether it’s volunteering or donating to a great cause, your donation will not go unnoticed. The Outspoke family wishes you a happy and giving Thanksgiving!